Don’t kill that gecko in your house, they are lifesavers.
Once, almost instinctively, whenever I see geckos in the house I get a long stick and harass it to escape to the nearest window. If not, then I would try to hit it out of the ceiling. Hah, a cruel treat to an ecologically-friendly reptile.
Do you know that geckos play a very important role in your house? Even if they do disturb you of their irritating call at times or hit you with their nutritious loads from the ceiling, don’t kill them. You will be better off not killing them. They just might save your life.
Why? The following reasons will change the way you treat geckos.
1. Geckos feed on centipedes. In our old house made of wood, I saw several times how geckos suddenly jerked their heads forward and munched on large centipedes that happened to pass by. Geckos are unforgiving to centipedes and appear to be immune to their sting.
2. Geckos control rat population. When I asked a Japanese friend why he was looking for geckos to bring to his house, I came to know that geckos prey on mice litter. That’s an eco-friendly way of getting rid of rats in lieu of poisonous rodenticides. We know that rats carry a lot of dreadful diseases like black plague or bubonic plague that can kill half of the infected people in a week. It killed millions of people during the middle ages.
3. Geckos remove pesky mosquitoes. Geckos and the smaller lizards at home keep the mosquitoes at bay. Since malaria is a common malady in our place, geckos and lizards can lessen the incidence with their feeding activities.
4. Geckos feed on cockroaches. Cockroaches live in cool, dark and damp places. Geckos live there too and make them unhappy because they are part of the geckos diet. No need for you to buy that expensive cockroach repeller that is ineffective anyway. Hedges wrote that about 50 disease-causing organisms have been isolated from cockroaches.
5. Geckos feast on flying, winged termites or swarmers. A couple (male and female) of winged termites or swarmers can start a colony of termites. Geckos to the rescue! They feed on the winged termites and prevent them from starting up a colony. That relieves you of termite colonizing your house.
Well, they are quite territorial so they bite each other in the picture below. That’s positive because they cover large areas because of this behavior.
So, will you still harass or kill that gecko in your house? Think twice.
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