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 Post subject: gecko repellent
PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:03 pm 
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Three times now I've had my house electricity shut down due to a gecko crawling into the breaker box and somehow shorting it out.

I can't see how to make it less accessible, so I wonder if there is some chemical, spice (peppercorn? chili?), whatever that I could put in there to make it a less pleasant nesting area for them?


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I wonder if their feet can grip onto WD40?

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gareth wrote:
I wonder if their feet can grip onto WD40?


WD40 itself can short out a circuit, so not what I'm looking for.


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Well obviously you don't squirt it into the switch itself, duhh. :P
Just around it so the gecko can't get there in the first place. I'm assuming the whole thing is mounted on a wall, yeah?

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It's in a cavity in the wall. I really can't see how they get in, they must be able to squeeze through very small gaps.

Anyway, lacking anything more specific, I think I'll put some naphthalene balls in there, that'll keep bugs out at least.


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Alan wrote:
I really can't see how they get in


I had a full grown gecko inside my bathroom scales the other week. It was quite surprising to discover that I'd gone from 9-stone-11 to 6-stone-gecko in the space of one day.

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Many moons ago, I asked a friend of mine to have a look at my computer. At the time I lived in a beautifully jungly area.

It was a very old computer, but we found the problem was there were a lot of gecko eggs inside the frame. (how did they get inside??!!)

Alan, think you should adopt a cat, and leave the feeding bowl in the vicinity of the 'boxes/crannies' where the gecko's like to party........

The geckos will get wise, and get fed up of having to grow new tails... so they will move out :-)


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We have a cat, and she does sometimes catch the geckos. Maybe they're hiding from her. Perhaps I should stick a cat-furball in the box, she sheds all over the house anyway.

And I also found a bunch of gecko eggs (and worse, gecko guano), inside a computer, they presumably get in through the fan vent.
Also spotted a few inside a laser printer.

So normally I'm happy to see them, they eat bugs after all, but not when they cuddle up to my electronics.


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oh yah, my other gecko squeezing in a small gap story (if it can be called such): I saw an enormous one last year, must have been at least 7-8 inches, go through a firmly closed door - and not by going under it either. It just crawled into the tiny crack between the top of the door and the frame, and then over the ridge and out. Couldn't believe my eyes.

It really is a case of, if you can get a piece of paper through it, a full-grown gecko will be able to squeeze itself through too.

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