5 Best Lizard Repellents (That Actually Work)

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Updated on January 28, 2022

It seems like lizard repellent products are a dime a dozen these days, except they cost far more than a dime. In some ways, they’ve become the “miracle tonics” of the 21st century for getting rid of lizards.

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That doesn’t mean they’re all bad, however. Many products actually have a great success rate when you stop expecting a cure-all product.

Here are five of the best lizard repellents that have a reputation for working when used in conjunction with regular deterrent methods.

We cannot stress it enough that you can’t keep a starving man (or lizard) from a free buffet if you have nine welcome signs and put one “do not eat” sign up.

Personal mileage will always vary, but we believe these products are worth the investment.

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Lizard Repellent Reviews

#1 – Exterminators Choice Lizard Defense Spray

best lizard repellent sprayStarting off our list is an all natural anti lizard spray meant to work on all species. The formula gives off a pleasant scent that lizards find unappealing without the use of harmful chemicals.

Applications will generally last a good month or more before needing a new coat. You can apply it just about anywhere indoors or outdoors without putting your family’s health at risk.

This brand is well-known for using formulas derived from veteran exterminator experience, making their products some of the best on the market. This isn’t to say they’re perfect, however.

When this product works, it works amazingly well, but you need to also remember to remove anything attracting the lizards for this stuff to do its job effectively.

Also, while it does work on pretty much all lizard species, the failures most often involve encounters with a gecko (probably intent on selling them insurance).

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#2 – Bed-Bug-Rid Pest Rid Spray

lizard killing sprayBeing an organic deterrent, Pest Rid does a pretty good job against a wide range of critters, including reptiles and amphibians such as frogs. This bio-pesticide uses a variety of kitchen ingredients such as herbs and spices to create a potent smell that pests hate. Because it’s all-natural, it’s safe around people and pets.

When we say mileage varies, this product is a great example. For many users, it works like a dream as a lizard spray and lasts a long time. Others get zero effect. And there’s also a third group where the product works in some spots and against some species, but fails elsewhere on the property.

As consumers rarely admit whether they’re using a product on its own or as part of a regimen, we believe the middle ground people are proof the failures are mainly due to not removing the things attracting lizards in the first place.

One thing we will note, though, is that this product can have an overpowering spicy smell the first day. It has been enough to make some folks gag. This isn’t so bad if you like baking cinnamon buns or working with spices, but you may want a face mask when applying otherwise to dilute the smell.

#3 – Neatmaster Ultrasonic Pest Repeller

best electric lizard repellentDesigned to handle a wide range of pests including lizards, this electronic device goes beyond the competition by offering three different modes. These modes work by affecting the nervous systems of pests, making even heavy infestations flee the premises completely after a few weeks of use.

The green mode uses a bionic wave to get rid of minor infestations. Blue uses a more powerful electromagnetic wave for moderate problems. For the most extreme cases, grab your pets, grab a hotel for a couple days and use the red ultrasonic mode.

Probably the best electronic lizard repellent out there, the versatility of this device only adds to its value. Critters (including mice, spiders, roaches, and others) will often vacate in only a day or two, and running it a few weeks trains pests to avoid your home entirely.

There aren’t many cases of this device not working, and they’re almost entirely issues with roaches or other critters with simple nervous systems. It seems to work fine with lizards, however, including that frustrating iguana that keeps eating repellents.

#4 – Bed-Bug-Rid Pest Rid Golden Granules

granules to keep lizards awaySimilar to their other Pest Rid product, this granule forumla is designed to get rid of lizards using a blend of all-natural ingredients. Simply spread the repellent anywhere lizards congregate and they’ll begin to avoid that area.

As with other repellents, you’ll want to reapply after rains (or mowing the lawn, if applying directly to grass) to maintain effectiveness.

This product has a pretty decent track record against both lizards and frogs. The key to success, according to satisfied customers, is to shake well before each application and to reapply after rain or heavy moisture to ensure it doesn’t wear off.

The results can take up to a couple weeks, but (thankfully) the smell isn’t as bad as some other natural repellents.

While this product seems to have some decent effectiveness in more northern climates, most of the complaints about ineffectiveness come from naturally humid regions such as Florida where the product may need more frequent application. A few customers have also noted that the product can cause leaf damage to more sensitive plants.

#5 – BuyBlocker All Natural Lizard Blocker

lizard repellent reviewsThis long-lasting lizard deterrent uses all-natural ingredients compressed in easy-to-use granules. When spread, it produces an odor that lizards find offensive. As with the other repellents on this list, this lizard blocker is biodegradable and non-toxic.

Users have noted this is an excellent replacement for mothballs (see below), and it tends to work pretty well when reapplied after rain. Many individuals have used the granules as part of a spray for easier application and better coverage.

The odor of this repellent is quite strong and seems to have a different offending smell for different users. Unfortunately, the odor seems to be better at repelling humans and attracting flies, so you may wish to use with a spray to diffuse it a bit.

Do Mothballs Keep Lizards Away?

Mothballs are considered a pesticide and using them in any way not specified on the label (including outdoor use) is considered illegal according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Check your local laws before use.

Before delving into modern repellents, it’s important to address the elephant in the room: mothballs. This remedy has been used for generations and, yes, it can repel lizards. Unfortunately, it can also be very dangerous.

Mothballs use sublimation to work, releasing very dangerous chemicals in the process that can absorb into most surfaces. Modern mothballs are less toxic than their traditional counterparts, but are still a major health risk to your two and four-legged family members. For this reason, we strongly urge against using this home remedy.

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