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How can I keep lizards away from my room? I live in a hostel and I do not want to kill them. Is there a drug that can just repel them?

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Tell us where you live (country, state?) and what kind of lizards they are. – Josh Aug 27 '13 at 10:47
@Josh I live in Malaysia, after I googled I found it belongs to geckos family, small lizards – Hawk Aug 27 '13 at 11:22

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Get a cat


Get them jobs

I've heard they tend to enjoy selling insurance. Geico


Mothballs seem to be a popular recommendation.

Garlic: Not just for Dracula anymore.

Ever since Twilight, garlic has lost popularity as a vampire deterrent. Give it new life as a lizard repellent.


They keep my boss away, maybe they'll keep lizards away too.

Call Captain Kirk

Captain Kirk

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This gave me a good chuckle – Ghost Aug 27 '13 at 16:55
Your first two are missing links, incomplete answer. – Jason Aug 27 '13 at 20:06
@Jason Fixed... – Tester101 Aug 27 '13 at 20:14
Unfortunately, the cat answer works, felines enjoy a good hunt. I say unfortunately, because the geckos et al. can also come in quite handy to get rid of mosquitos and the like. So I guess the choice is up to you: either the lizards, or the cats (and the mozzies). – ALAN WARD Jun 15 at 7:38

Depending on the layout of your living space, introducing a Teflon-coated vertical/overhanging barrier may hinder their approach.

Wikipedia does not list any repellants for the Gecko infraorder, but you may be able to find more information if you can identify the species.

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