Last Updated on August 8, 2022 by John Power
When I was a kid, my house always had at least one potted plant. They were cheap and easy plants for my parents to keep up. They were hardy, decorative, and, best of all, since it would be years before they would flower or grow a significant amount, they would be out of the way before they became a big deal in the household.
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Why do plants attract lizards?
Yes, plants attract lizards, my dad wasn’t much of a gardener, but those plants still thrived. He just kept them on the floor of the family room. Every now and then I often caught lizards sneaking around our indoor plants. but it wasn’t really a problem since lizards were common visitors to our home.
Lizards are very common pests that can be found in many homes. They may even find their way into your house through the pet door. Since their invasion is not welcome, most homeowners find them to be more of a nuisance and curse their presence. If you have found lizards on your indoor plant, you aren’t alone. Although these lizards rarely cause any damage to your indoor plants, they aren’t welcome and need to be removed.
But why do lizards like hanging around your potted houseplants? Do indoor plants attract lizards?
One reason lizards are attracted to indoor plants is that they tend to attract insects. These insects are food for lizards. Houseplants can also provide refuge for lizards. They like to climb on things and will curl up inside the pot. that’s why it is so important to keep bugs out of your indoor plants.
Another reason why lizards are attracted to indoor plants is that they are water sources. If your potted houseplants are overwatered and the water left on the pot too long this can attract many visitors including lizards.
How to keep the lizards away from your indoor plants?
Many people are not aware of what attracts lizards to their homes. Lizards need water to stay alive, so if a lizard sees a water source, they will see it as a home. Water from leaking pipes, stagnant water from small garden ponds, and even water from the kitchen sink can keep lizards around your home. If you are trying to keep lizards out of your home, a great way to do this is to stop the dripping water by fixing leaky pipes or insulating your outdoor tap during the winter months.
Lizards can climb so even if you keep them out of your yard, they can still find a way in. The rule of thumb is a lizard in the garden means you need to check your house.
How to keep lizards out of potted plants
What is the worst smell that lizards dislike? Hot sauce, pepper, and cayenne have an intense odor that lizards avoid. To get the best results, combine a few tablespoons of your pepper of choice with a pint of warm water and shake well. Spray it in the corners of your home and outside near access points such as doors and windows for optimum results or around your potted plants.
Indoor plants that keep lizards away
If you’re searching for an environmentally responsible technique to keep lizards at bay, we’ve got some fantastic alternatives in our collection.
- Mentha Piperita or Peppermint Plant
- Herb-of-Grace Plant
- Eucalyptus or Nilgiri Plant
- Mentha Arvensis or Japanese Mint
- Euphorbia Tirucalli or Pencil Tree
Here are twelve even simple ways to get rid of lizards from your home, thank you for reading.
Gardening is my passion and growing plants indoors has always been a stress relief for me. Grow a banana tree in my apartment once (although failed to produce bananas).