The common house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) (not to be confused With the Mediterranean species Hemidactylus turcicus known as Mediterranean house gecko), is a reptile native of Southeast Asia. It is also known as the Pacific house gecko, the Asian house gecko, House lizard, or Moon Lizard.
Where they live?
Most House Lizards are nocturnal, hiding during the day and foraging for insects at night. They can be seen climbing walls of houses and other buildings in search of insects attracted to porch lights, hence their name "house gecko". Spread around the world by ships, these geckos are now common in the Deep South of the United States, large parts of tropical and sub-tropical Australia, and many other countries in South and Central America, Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. In winter time, in a lot of these climates, they are known for going into a state of hibernation in order to withstand the cold. They grow to a length of between 75–150 mm (3–6 in), and live for about 5 years. These small geckos are non-venomous and harmless to humans. Medium to large geckos may bite if distressed; however, their bite is gentle and will not pierce skin. A tropical gecko, Hemidactylus frenatusthrives in warm, humid areas where it can crawl around on rotting wood in search of the insects it eats. The animal is very adaptable and may prey on insects and spiders, displacing other reptiles.
Are Lizards cause of concern?
Geckos are considered poisonous in many parts of the world. In Southeast Asia, geckos are believed to be carriers of good omen. In Yemen and other Arab countries, it is believed that skin disease result from geckos walking over the face of someone who is asleep. An elaborate system of predicting good and bad omens based on the sounds made by geckos, their movement and the rare instances when geckos fall from roofs has evolved over centuries in India. In some parts of India, the sound made by geckos is considered a bad omen; while in Bangladesh and Nepal, it is considered to be an endorsement of the truthfulness of a statement made just before, because the sound "tik tik tik" coincides with "thik thik thik" (Bengali), (Maithili), (Nepali), which in Bengali, Maithiliand Nepali means "right right right", i.e., a three-fold confirmation. The cry of a gecko from an east wall as one is about to embark on a journey is considered auspicious, but a cry from any other wall is supposed to be inauspicious. A gecko falling on someone's right shoulder is considered good omen, but a bad omen if it drops on the left shoulder. In Punjab, it is believed that contact with the urine of a gecko will cause leprosy. In some places in India, it is believed that watching a lizard on the eve of Dhanteras is a good omen or a sign of prosperity.
House geckos become sexually mature within a year. Their mating season starts from March to July. Females lay one to two eggs between Aprils to August. The belly of the female house gecko is translucent hence one can see the eggs inside the belly. House geckos live for about five years.
What can I do to prevent Lizards infestation?
Here are some of the tips to keep house geckos away: Reducing insects in the house and the yard would cut down the food supply for geckos hence would keep them away. Glue trap is being used to catch the lizards. Blocking the cracks through which they enter the house by spraying bug spray once in a while on the door and window sills. Geckos prefer warm and humid areas therefore turning down the temperature at night helps. Keeping mothballs helps too but since they are toxic they should be avoided if you have pets or children.
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