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Sticky traps are a highly effective means of pest control that can help you eradicate numerous pests from your home or space.

However, sticky traps are also harmful to animals. 

While it’s understandable that you may need to resort to sticky traps in some cases, you should always try to avoid using this method of pest control.

Lizards are often a victim of sticky traps placed with the intent of catching other pests like mice or rats.

What are the effects of sticky traps for lizards? How to get rid of lizards without using sticky traps?

We’ll tackle these pressing questions and help you remove lizards from your property humanely.

What are the effects of sticky traps for lizards?

When lizards get stuck on a sticky trap, they are often doomed to a painful, slow death.

As soon as lizards come into contact with the sticky substance, they’re unable to get away.

However, they still try to escape, usually injuring themselves in the process.

Lizards have very thin, brittle skin. When their skin binds to the sticky substance on the trap, it’s very painful.

As lizards pull and struggle to free themselves, their skin tears, remaining on the trap.

In this case, the soft flesh underneath of the skin is exposed to the elements. 

It often catches on the sticky trap as well, and you can imagine how painful that would be.

The lizards’ efforts of escape are often futile. The lizard quickly tires and wears itself out before it has any hope of becoming free.

By this point, it is exhausted and is in significant pain.

Finally, the lizard either suffocates or dies of hunger. As you can see, this is an agonizing process that has a dreadful end.

If you want to get rid of lizards, there are many better ways to do so.

Why are lizards attracted to sticky traps?

While you may have the misconception that lizards are attracted to the chemicals in sticky traps, that’s actually not the case.

Rather, lizards are enticed by the bugs and insects that get caught in the sticky traps!

Have you ever looked at a sticky trap after it’s been placed for a couple of days? Tons of flies, gnats, and even worms get caught in their vice grip.

This is exactly what lizards eat.

Lizards feast on such creatures, so it’s easy to see why lizards are drawn to sticky traps.

To an unsuspecting lizard, sticky traps look like a buffet!

When they go to eat the bugs, they become caught, and they cannot get away.

How to get rid of lizards without using sticky traps

What’s the worst part about using sticky traps for lizards?

They are ineffective.

As you just saw, sticky traps are very painful for lizards.

However, very few lizards out of the population are actually caught by sticky traps.

So, if your goal is to eradicate lizards, chances are that sticky traps will not significantly help.

The best way to control lizards is to minimize their food source.

You can do this by preventing bugs and insects from congregating around your property.

Many people use chemical pest solutions to control insect pests.

While this is harmful to the environment, it is effective and can convince lizards to move elsewhere. Consult a pest control professional to discuss your options and safety considerations.

You can also achieve this by monitoring your home for signs of pest damage. Lizards prey on larvae and small insects. 

If you can eradicate other pests from your home, lizards will look elsewhere for food.

Also, if you want to keep lizards off your patio or porch, minimize the clutter and vegetation available.

Bugs, insects, and worms are often drawn to potted plants.

Plus, a thick layer of vegetation gives lizards tons of spaces to hide and stay cool.

To get rid of lizards, minimize vegetation and the presence of insects and bugs.

How to safely remove lizards from sticky traps

Sometimes sticky traps ensnare lizards despite our best efforts. What to do in these cases? 

As it turns out, sometimes you can actually free lizards from sticky traps.

Check out this video below for a quick look at how you can do this.

For best results, check your sticky traps often. The longer a lizard is caught in a trap, the worse the results.

If you see a lizard caught in a sticky trap, now’s the time to grab your vegetable oil.

Oil will help to break the adhesion between the lizard and the glue. 

To begin this process, gently carry the lizard and sticky trap to a safe, shady outdoor location. Any patch of grass in your yard will work nicely. 

If possible, tilt the trap so that the lizard’s head is pointed upward.

 This will keep the oil from getting all over the lizard’s face.

Starting at the lizard’s tail and rear feet, slowly pour oil over the area. 

As you do, the lizard will wriggle to help free itself with the help of the oil.

Slowly work your way up the lizards body, being especially careful around the head. Do not touch the lizard.

When the lizard is nearly free, place the trap and lizard on the ground. 

Pour the remaining amount of oil needed to free the lizard, and it will run away happily.

Considering sticky traps for lizards? Think again

As you can see, sticky traps are extremely dangerous and painful for lizards.

Avoid using sticky traps if you can. 

Hopefully these tips help you humanely control your lizard population.

If you have a problem with lizards, it’s best to consult a pest control industry professional to discuss your options.

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