Believe it or not, lizards can be a very important part of any garden.
- Many lizards eat insect pests
- Many larger lizards also eat snails and slugs
That's right, you heard me - free pest control that requires no work from you!
Lizard numbers all over the world are dwindling however. As we build more cities and as these cities grow, like so many other animals, lizards lose their habitats and unfortunately die. More than that though, our use of chemicals also harms them and removes their food sources resulting in even greater lizard deaths particularly in cities and near commercial farms.
So what can you do to help stop lizard decline in your area and perhaps put these lizards to work reducing your pest numbers?
- Stop using synthetic pesticides
- many of these chemicals harm lizards directly but they also indirectly harm lizards by killing everything they eat
- even some organic pesticides can harm lizards so check before you use them and if you do use any organic or plant based sprays, only spray them directly on the pest
- Stop using snail bait too
- when lizards eat the poisoned snails, it kills them too
- Provide good lizard habitats
- grasses and ground covers, rocks and logs where the lizards can hide from predators
- protected sunny spots on rocks or logs, even footpaths, where these cold blooded creatures can warm themselves
- Plant deciduous trees or collect and spread leaves from nearby parks
- this supports a range of insects for the lizards to eat
- Fill a shallow bowl or saucer with water and put it in a protected spot
- although lizards get most of their moisture from their food, they still appreciate a drink, particularly in hot weather