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Vriksha nursery is a second generation nursery based in Mumbai where we strive to change the face of urban gardening in India with over 25,000 gardens executed in Maharashtra/Goa/Gujarat. We have a team of dedicated professionals who will leave no stone unturned to give you gardens of the utmost quality. Vriksha nursery has been synonymous with innovation in our field be it set landscaping(over 15000 teleserials/movies/adfilms), temporary landscapes (over 2500 exhibitions and weddings),ikebana flower arrangements, urban farming, rooftop gardens,living walls etc.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

biological solutions of getting rid of ---- lizards !

This article has been written for my adorable girlfriend who is terrified at the sight of a lizard...I keep reminding her of an old saying; you're more afraid of it than it is of you?yet some how she lets out a screech...and jumps straight into my arms..not that im complaining . Even though most people are well aware of how ridiculously beneficial lizards are to our homes, yards, and environment (they eat a staggering amount of pests like insects and spiders), it just doesn't matter. The fear and disgust for these animals has a tendency to far outweigh any benefits we could derive from having lizards in the house. They just aren't wanted. At least not anywhere people have to see or think about them. And so...this article.
They may seem cute and friendly when you're watching the Animal Planet or Discovery, but not all find them cute.Even though lizards are considered good luck in Hawaii, most people don't like having the small lizards in their homes.

A female gecko can lay up to two eggs in a six week period, which can become a big problem if she's laying those eggs in your home. If your home has one or more lizards living in it, there are some simple things you can do to get rid of them without harming them.While geckos only reach a maximum size of about 8 inches, several chameleon species can grow over a foot long. Both are classified as small lizards, meaning that they feed primarily on pests like cockroaches, mosquitoes, small rats and centipedes. Though these reptiles are generally harmless, you can avoid the mess they leave behind by repelling them using safe, friendly methods.
Most commercial snake repellents use the chemical naphthalene, which causes liver damage, anemia and is classified by the EPA as a Class C possible human carcinogen. So, those will definitely repel or even kill snakes,l...other animals, including you!eave alone a lizard.

Here are a few plants that you can plant that will keep them away

1)The Common Rue Ruta graveolens is a native of Southern Europe which has naturalised itself in India. It is calle Nagadali here , as it is believed to deter lizards from entering the garden. Most gardeners grow it at the entrance of their gardens/homes.
The Rue has an unpleasant oily smell, but its leaves are an unusual blue-green. Its lime yellow flowers bloom in summer. It was used in European cooking before the 20th century, but now tastes have changed. Its leaves and oil are used in Ayurveda for curing chest related diseases and Arthritis.

2)The Pencil Tree Euphorbia tirucalli is a native of Africa, which has naturalized itself in India since thousands of years . Probably brought to India by the Arab traders in the distant past, its name Tirucalli is an Indian name given to it by Linnaeus. The name Euphorbia is in honour of the 1st century physician Euphorbus, who practiced in the court of King Juba of Mauritania.
Tirucalli has very few leaves, since its pencil like green branches photosynthesise its food.The flowers are yellow and insignificant. Its latex is poisonous, so animals do not eat it, making it a favourite hedge plant in the countryside.
The Pencil Tree has many uses in folk medicine. It is also used to make bio- diesel.
In south India, villagers use it as a plant of good omen in all their auspicious ceremonies.
this awesome plant not just keeps lizards at bay but keeps moles,rats,fleas,aphids at bay.

3)Catnip is a perennial plant growing to a height of approximately 24 inches .
It is known to bring butterflys into a garden and keep harmful ones out.Not only do the flowers smell good but the leaves have a nice aroma.Many people grow it for their cats who are known to roll their bodies on the leaves. This plant will grow in poor soil and return each year without much care. Herbalists have used it to produce a relaxing effect also others have used for toothache, corns and hives. The oil of this plant has been used for insomnia, reduce gas and a digestive aid. Studies indicate that the chemicals in Osage Orange and Catnip repel cockroaches and a few other insects.

4)Eucalyptus :this is a super plant has a million medicinal uses and is an absolute brilliant plant to repel mosquitoes/lizards/rats/termites/white ants....Eucalyptus has long been used in traditional herbal medicines to treat a variety of conditions, including diabetes. The essential oil, derived from aromatic fresh leaves, is also a component of several well-known, over-the-counter cold and chest congestion rubs and treatments. It is also an ingredient in some mouthwashes

5)mint:he perfect way to keep snakes out of your yard is to plant mint around the border. lizards hate it and you have a wonderful plant for cooking and teas. spearmint's ,peppermints are beautiful ground covers and are oh so easy to maintain and with absolutely delightful aroma...they also keep ants at bay but are highly susceptible to rats .

some other ways to repel lizards are:

1)The cat effect:
Become the proud owner of a young cat. Geckos are not fond of cats. If a cat moves into your house, lizards will most likely move out.0ne of the only way to get rid of lizards is to dispose of them in nature's way. Common house cats are natural predators of lizards (because cats can be vicious and lizards are just the right size). You may want to let a cat prowl the area where lizards have been spotted. These natural feline hunters will do a lot more to get rid of lizards than you ever could.

2)Scent tactics:
Many people are convinced mothballs are effective for repelling lizards and snakes; other people are concerned that other birds or wildlife can be harmed by them. Mothballs can be toxic, so it is best to use them where they will not be found by small children, pets or other animals.

3)Home Made insecticide:
It is easy to make your own with ingredients you're likely to have in the kitchen.
The best thing about this is not only is it easy, but it's safe and non-toxic.
Mix Together:
• 2 cups of vegetable oil
• ½ cup of dishwashing detergent

When you shake it, it goes a really milky colour and that's where it gets a name 'White Oil' and it will actually store safely for a couple of months.
To use it, add 2 tablespoons of the concentrate to a litre of water and it's ready to go.
Horticultural Oil works by suffocating the insect pests, so it's really important that you get good coverage, making sure you get the oil covering all over the insects. It is also effective in the control of lizards,aphids, white fly, leaf miner, mealy bug and mites on roses, other citrus, stone fruit and most house plants. Care should be taken not to spray this oil in hot weather as it can burnt the foliage and avoid spraying soft-leafed plants like lettuce and fern. You should also avoid using oil sprays within a month of the applying a sulphur-based fungicide
Horticultural Oil is a safe and effective insecticide and it will certainly kill off scale insects

4)Scratchy Things
Scratchy things such as crushed eggshells, sandpaper, cinders, wood chips work well as a barrier.this method has been used in the villages forever...though it creates a mess its worth a try ...the egg shell method smells but the wood chips are extremely effective...


  1. Thanks Shaan...Can I add that adding neem oil instead of only vegetable oil helps a lot more?

  2. yup...neem oil will work but it will have a smell...which i find verry unplesant

  3. Hi, thanks for giving this list which will help everyone to get ride of pest that to without harmful chems!!....can you help and guide where can we get these plants??

  4. all the plants mentioned in the articles are available at the nursery...pls do drop by

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  6. Thanks for the info. We have lot of lizards in our house, and I think I must try at least planting one of these and see the effect.

  7. To keep lizards out of storage cupboards (which is most likely where they will hang around and build families), keep some camphor tablets in the corners of the cupboards. (The small white "kapur" or "karpur" tablets which are burnt for religious purposes.) Lizards hate them.

    To keep everything moving and breathing out of wooden wardrobes and clothes cupboards, keep small incense cones (the kind one gets in gift packs, for instance) of any fragrance of your choice. The cupboards smell nice and it helps keep them life-form-free. :D

    1. We have lot of lizards in the Balcony. Is there any tested way to get rid of it.

      Kindly help. I'm paranoid of lizards!!

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  11. this is a great article and since I am scared of the site of lizards the pics are perfect. Good work please do not add picks as people don't like it.

  12. i am trying to build a garden in the lonavala area, on hilly tairan. after planting trees and fitting up irregation, now i find my young trees are under severe attack of plant eating lizards. can you suggest some practical measures please?

  13. Thanks for the helpful information on lizards and other pest. Definitely will try planting some Eucalyptus love the smell and hopefully it will be beneficial. Thanks again.
    Ps. Glad you didn't have to many pics of the lizards...Eeeeek! :)

  14. I am terrified of lizards and go berserk at the sight, thanks it a great blog and thanks for not putting any pics otherwise I could not have read it