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Posted by chris_mcmartin on October 02, 2002 at 07:08:14:
In Reply to: Geckos posted by jddani75 on October 01, 2002 at 18:36:33:
:I would like to know if there is a way to get rid of them without harming them.
You could catch each one and take it far away, but you will probably never totally eliminate them.
:I have taken a few to the large field behind my house.
They will probably make their way back to your house. You have Mediterranean geckos (Hemidactylus turcicus), which are exotic (not native to this area). They're also called "house geckos" because of their close association with human habitations. They're attracted to the insects which congregate as a result of human activity (e.g. house lights on at night).
: I checked my neighbors house and have yet to see any on his house at night. I use a flashlight to spot them during the night.
They're probably there, just not in as great a number as you've seen.
: I think the species is Stenodactylus Petrii. I am not sure.
Here's a Med Gecko from my house: click here
I think if you had your house sprayed, you would eliminate the geckos' food source and consequently the geckos themselves, but this wouldn't be the "harmless" alternative you're seeking. There's no real harm in having them around, but their poop on your walls is sometimes an annoyance.