Has your backyard been taken over by lizards? Are you one of those people who hate lizards, but cant seem to get rid of them? If you answered yes to either one of those questions, then ask yourself why.
When we lived in the Florida Keys we had a hard time enjoying it. We wouldn’t dare venture outside in the evening, especially during the summertime.
Between the mosquito’s and the no-see-ums, I couldn’t tell you what was worse. You could literally be eaten alive by these painful pests.
Even though it rarely rained in the Keys and we always kept our yard free of any standing water (a known breeding ground for the mosquito), we couldn’t seem to get rid of them.
We saw very few native lizards in our yard, but we didn’t see the connection to the mosquito problem until we moved.
When we move to a natural hammock on twelve acres of land in So. Florida, even closer to the Everglades, we expected the same, as most of the property looks and acts like a tropical rain-forest.
It’s covered with native trees, wild birds and animals, including farm animals. We also have a large pond in the backyard stocked with fish, ducks and geese. Did I mention the rain? It rains twice a day, sometimes more.
I say all this to give you an idea of the environment we now live in. Given the proximity to the Everglades, we expected the mosquitos to be much worse, as compared to the Keys.
However, I am pleased and pleasantly surprised that there are very few mosquitos, almost non-existent, even with all the rain, in the middle of the summer.
For several weeks we questioned how this could be. We looked around at our environment and found one viable explanation.
We found an extremely high population of lizards living in our yard compared to the house in the Keys. We have Geckos, Green and Brown Anole (pronounced: uh’no-lee), as well as the common garden variety.
At any given time there could be eight to ten lizards sitting on my patio waiting for a bug, spider, or mosquito to cross its path.
Not a day goes by that I don’t see more then a few lizards sitting around on my patio. Some of these lizards are five to eight inches long, some are even bigger then that, and quite prehistoric looking.
I often witness them eating spiders, roaches, flies and thankfully the menacing mosquito’s.
After several months of living here, I can honestly say that lizards are an excellent way to control the population of pests, without the use of pesticides.
According to Florida Gardener.com, lizards will feed mostly on insects and small invertebrates.
Lizards are an important part of a balanced ecosystem, especially in the tropics. Without lizards the population of insects would be out of control.
There are many native lizards that are endemic to So. Florida like the Green Anole as well as the Florida scrub lizard . According the Wild Florida .com website the Florida Scrub lizard is a threatened species.
So the next time you see a lizard in your backyard don’t be afraid of it and by all means don’t get rid of it, or kill it.
They cause no harm to you, yet they could make your outdoor experience more enjoyable with fewer mosquito’s and less bugs.
The more the merrier!
Please enjoy the lizard pictures I uploaded from my backyard hammock!