I murdered a lizard this morning.

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I went in the bathroom this morning and there was a lizard crawling up the wall. Oh, shit. This is the 2nd one I've found in my apartment since I moved in. I called the maintenance man to take care of the 1st one, but I decided I need to be able to do this myself. It was pretty small (large bug sized), so I thought a spray of bug spray would probably kill it. I was totally wrong. That just pissed it off. It ran across the wall and hid behind my toothbrush (now in the trash) while I chased it with the bug spray. In case you're not familiar with these little lizards, they can run REALLY FAST. I finally realized that the only way the bug spray would kill it was if it drowned in a puddle of spray. So abandoned the spray and decided to crush it with a bottle of floor cleaner wrapped in a paper towel. It took about 10 hits before it finally died. OMG. It was awful. I'm totally traumatized.  I need therapy. I guess I'm not cut out to be an assassin. 

*I posted this on another board and the consensus was that I'm an awful person and I should have trapped it and taken it outside or just let it run free around my apartment. 🙄

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You did good. Once the sht hits the fan, the nuclear reaction is going to make them like velociraptors.

You are lucky to live in a town with lizards.

Waste of some good protein source. Do you know there are starving children out there?

Kandykornhead said:   You are lucky to live in a town with lizards.
  You are SO going to burn in heck for that remark! In fact, you are lucky that your head didn't asplode.

ZenNUTS said:   Waste of some good protein source. Do you know there are starving children out there?
  It probably tastes like chicken.

Leapin' Lizards!

moonbeam said:   I went in the bathroom this morning and there was a lizard crawling up the wall. Oh, shit. This is the 2nd one I've found in my apartment since I moved in. I called the maintenance man to take care of the 1st one, but I decided I need to be able to do this myself. It was pretty small (large bug sized), so I thought a spray of bug spray would probably kill it. I was totally wrong. That just pissed it off. It ran across the wall and hid behind my toothbrush (now in the trash) while I chased it with the bug spray. In case you're not familiar with these little lizards, they can run REALLY FAST. I finally realized that the only way the bug spray would kill it was if it drowned in a puddle of spray. So abandoned the spray and decided to crush it with a bottle of floor cleaner wrapped in a paper towel. It took about 10 hits before it finally died. OMG. It was awful. I'm totally traumatized.  I need therapy. I guess I'm not cut out to be an assassin. 

*I posted this on another board and the consensus was that I'm an awful person and I should have trapped it and taken it outside or just let it run free around my apartment. 🙄
 

  
Awww, poor innocent lizard! What color was it?
I'm all for the trap and release in theory, but when a crawly critter gets in my space, I freak out.
I've probably told the story about when some furry four legged critter got in my old apartment. This was after I lost my sight. I was assured that sticky traps were the way to go and I even got the kind for bigger critters as I was convinced no tiny mouse could make so much noise.
I woke to the critter screaming its heart out in terror and rattling the plastic tray against the wall in an effort to free itself for what seemed like ten minutes. It finally stopped and I figured it died of a heart attack. I, too, was traumatized and felt like the worst person in the world.
When I lifted the plastic tray in the morning to take to the dumpster, it was too light to contain a dead critter (even a small one). Turns out the little blighter freed itself of the tray and my apartment after all the racket and never returned. I pray I never have to go through anything like it again.
You have my empathy.

ITA, Mosa. As long as they stay outside and don't bother me, I have no problem with little creatures. However, any intruder into my home, human or otherwise, will be dealt with harshly. I am very territorial. 🙅

And your mouse story is horrifying. In your shoes, I probably would have called 911. 👮

I thought you had a cat? An indoor lizard = cat Christmas + birthday in 1.

ganda said:   I thought you had a cat? An indoor lizard = cat Christmas + birthday in 1.
  My cats are scared of lizards. @@

sublimosa said: I'm all for the trap and release in theory, but when a crawly critter gets in my space, I freak out.
I've probably told the story about when some furry four legged critter got in my old apartment. This was after I lost my sight. I was assured that sticky traps were the way to go and I even got the kind for bigger critters as I was convinced no tiny mouse could make so much noise.
I woke to the critter screaming its heart out in terror and rattling the plastic tray against the wall in an effort to free itself for what seemed like ten minutes. It finally stopped and I figured it died of a heart attack. I, too, was traumatized and felt like the worst person in the world.
When I lifted the plastic tray in the morning to take to the dumpster, it was too light to contain a dead critter (even a small one). Turns out the little blighter freed itself of the tray and my apartment after all the racket and never returned. I pray I never have to go through anything like it again.
You have my empathy.


When I rented the apartment in my sister's BF's house, there was a mouse problem in the entire house. My sister is a tree hugger who won't kill critters (except ants, she does use organic stuff on the ants). She offered to buy traps, I said I saw some reduced for quick sale at Rite Aid . Well, they were sticky traps, which she would not use. I got to hear about how the vermin get stuck, and slowly die of starvation/dehydration. She bought reusable trap-and-release ones from Amazon. The problem is that some of the critters could get the flimsy door open if they worked at it. So, they'd get in, eat the Reeses Peanut Butter Puffs or Cap'n Crunch left in it, and get back out. Some mice ignored the Cap'n Crunch, and avoid the traps, but none ever turned down the Reeses Puffs. Some complained about this very thing (flimsy door) on the Amazon page, and one user had a simple solution, tape a penny to the outside of the door. It adds weight which prevented escape. That worked, sometimes I'd hear the door drop at night, followed by rattling and chattering noises from the trapped critter. Next morning, my sister would take out any traps outside to release the mice. BF's house was late Victorian, and belonged to his mother. He grew up in that house. It always had a vermin problem. nobody bothered getting an exterminator in.

The mice that were foolish enough to walk across the floor, were met by a cat (mine and my sister's), and became a plaything, which the BF would collect and discard the next day, as my sister would not handle any dead critters. Most of the mice were field mice, both trapped and cat acquired playthings. But a few times, deer mice were in the traps, though never caught by cats. One got in there, and woke me up with all the racket it made. The next morning, when my sister came to check and empty any traps, we found that the deer mouse had actually gnawed on the tiny ventilation holes on the side, and chewed a bigger hole. A few nights later, another deer mouse got trapped and after eating the cereal pieces, spent the night making that hole bigger, and bigger, until it was able to squeeze it's way out. Had to set another trap to catch that one the next night, after blocking the vent holes with a piece of metal mesh screening. It really like those Reeses Puffs, so it got trapped again, but couldn't chew it's way out, so it screamed in fear and frustration, waking me up, before quieting down. This one thought it could chew it's way out again, but the metal mesh got in the way. It was quite happy when my sister released it the next day.

So, yeah, those mice can screech bloody murder, and then go quiet. They had voles get in the basement too. I told my sister they should get smoke bombs, and use them to find any gaps where the critters are getting in. I worked in a group home as a young adult, we had mice there. Exterminator went around the interior of the basement releasing smoke, while his coworker watched outside to see if anything seeped out. They sealed wherever they saw smoke, then set poisonous bait to kill any still inside. No more mice after that. Sister did fill gaps she could see, but they still got in. Now that I bought the townhouse, I don't have to deal with any vermin. My only problem was spiders, a lot of spiders, who got in a gap in the wall, where the lines for the new heat-pump/AC were run, and which the contractor forgot to seal. 4 months the house was empty, March through June 2015, it was a spider party frat house ⃰ ᴥ Җ ¤  ⃰ ᴥ Җ ¤ (can't you see the togas?) Flies got in there too, but the spiders took care of them. I had to get the info for the contractor from the seller, and get them to fix the oversight, which they did. Spider population is wayyyyy down, seems like I was killing one every other week, and my cat was having loads of fun chasing and squashing them. She would have loved moonbeam's lizard. But I wouldn't have. I did get a big flying insect in here when a neighbor was fixing my storm door, and a cricket somehow got in the mechanical room where the rear exit is (pro'lly when I tended to potted tomatoes). Lacie went crazy chasing both, haven't seen either lately, so she likely dispatched them one night, when I heard her running helter-skelter, and making excited cat chirping noises.

Critters are not welcome in my townhouse. If Lacie doesn't get 'em first, I'll dispatch them later. There is no amnesty program here, enter and be prepared to die at the hands of the resident cat or the owner.

How the heck do lizards get in moonbeam's apartment?   Maybe maintenance needs to investigate, being that this is the second foreign invader.

Both rock and scissors work well for lizards. Do not try paper or Spock.

I wouldn't feel bad moonbeam, I did basically the same thing to a bat in our basement a couple of years ago.

Mrs_pats was doing laundry down there and I heard a yelp. Didn't go down until that became a scream and found her being strafed by a bat doing airborne laps around the basement. I caught him in a long handled fishing net against the wall; I was going to slide cardboard behind him and release outside.

Then he made the fatal error of poking his head through the net, about a foot from my face, I panicked, slapped the cardboard over the net and pounded it twice with my fist.

He received a burial similar to Joe Pesci's at the end of Casino.

moonbeam said:   
ganda said:   I thought you had a cat? An indoor lizard = cat Christmas + birthday in 1.
  My cats are scared of lizards. @@

  
Don't feel bad, mine have a spider size limit.

Godzilla is going to be angry you killed his friend, real angry.


I'll get you for that
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We have no dogs, cats, ...

On the road several a year, that wouldn't be fair to take them along.

SO, 

we have lizards.

Running lose all around our place, in the condos we built for them [piles of cinder blocks are perfect] 

and SEVERAL THOUSAND pictures of our pets:  sleeping, fighting, f..ing,...
Anything you may want to know about regular fence lizards, we are experts !

ganda said:   
moonbeam said:   
ganda said:   I thought you had a cat? An indoor lizard = cat Christmas + birthday in 1.
  My cats are scared of lizards. @@

  
Don't feel bad, mine have a spider size limit.

The maintenance guy showed them some pretty green geckos and they freaked. He felt bad that they were scared because the neighbor's cat gets really excited and happy when he does that. From their reaction, I believe they think they're funny looking snakes. And cats generally hate snakes. 

And to answer Limo's earlier question: both of the ones that got in my apartment were small off white ones. They look almost like some kind of big creepy bugs. I'm not sure if they were babies or if they're a different type from the larger green ones I see outside. 

Set a lizard free in the wild? Lol.


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kamalktk said:   Godzilla is going to be angry you killed his friend, real angry.
  Still got my old T-Shirt
 

mikebeets said:   We have no dogs, cats, ...

On the road several a year, that wouldn't be fair to take them along.

SO, 

we have lizards.

Running lose all around our place, in the condos we built for them [piles of cinder blocks are perfect] 

and SEVERAL THOUSAND pictures of our pets:  sleeping, fighting, f..ing,...
Anything you may want to know about regular fence lizards, we are experts !

  
My sister used to breed Dragon Lizards when she lived in MD. She had several breeding operations going on; the lizards, crickets, Bengal cats, Pomeranian dogs. 3 of the Bengals and 1 Pomie were pets. The lizards went to area pet shops. To feed the lizards, she bred crickets. In the same house, there lived a rabbit, two ferrets and two turtles. Different rooms were used for different breeding operations, plus covered tanks for the lizards and crickets. A neighbor took her and her young daughter to Elkton to do some grocery shopping. While out, the pet Bengals went looking for Trouble, and found it. They figured out how to unlatch the door that led to the area with all of the cubicles where the breeding stock stayed. They went into the cattery and puppy rooms, and somehow opened several crates. Then they knocked the covers off the lizard and cricket tanks.

As you can imagine, the lizards and crickets started climbing/hopping out. The lizards began chasing the crickets into the main part of the house, with the turtles joining the fun; as both wanted the tasty crickets. The cats, puppies, rabbit and ferrets began chasing the lizards and crickets to play with them. My sister and niece arrived home to complete chaos. She knew the Bengals did it, they'd unlatch the door to the breeding area before. And she thought she fixed it so they couldn't do it again. It took hours for her and her 10 yo daughter, to scoop up all of the critters, and return them to their quarters. Some of the crickets and lizards met their demise. One turtle was missing, and wasn't found even after searching the house. It's remains were found in a closet months later. Sis had her BF pick up a new door latch system that was Bengal cat proof, and installed it. The Bengals were not amused, they couldn't repeat their day of fun with the puppies, ferrets and rabbit.

My mom and I couldn't stifle the laughter, picturing the absurd scene - though my sister was exasperated, and exhausted after hours of searching and returning the critters to their crates/tanks. Looking back, she was able to laugh about it. But that day she called her BF at work hysterical, wanting him to come home now! He couldn't leave work, but assured her he would get new door hardware on his way home, after his shift ended. The lead Bengal, who always tested my sister's patience, passed away last year at 17 yo. He was usually the mastermind, the other cats just joined in on the fun. When they moved to the DE house, he was the chief mouser. He was also the only one who ate them - my sister freaked out finding dead mouse carcasses with partially eaten brains, and (always) yelled for the BF to get the remains. All the other cats played with them, like they would a Hartz toy. He left partially eaten remains behind.

I would never try to poison them.

Since. I'm not squeamish on them, I just grab them if they wander inside. Usually I tease the dog and drop the lizards halfway between a good hiding spot and the dog. My dog isn't a good hunter but he likes to chase them. Some don't make it.

scrouds said:   I would never try to poison them.

Since. I'm not squeamish on them, I just grab them if they wander inside. Usually I tease the dog and drop the lizards halfway between a good hiding spot and the dog. My dog isn't a good hunter but he likes to chase them. Some don't make it.

  I'll call you next time one gets inside.

I remember a while back, we stayed at a motel in Tampa. We were out at their pool and the lizards were all over the place. I thought they were cute and wife did not make a big deal about them until we found a few that must have crept into the room when the maid would have the door open when cleaning. Appears they are pretty common in Florida as we would see them at other places in our travels. We just moved them outside when we found them in the rooms. I dont think they really bite people.

They will bite if you grab them. Doesn't cause injury.

moonbeam said:   I went in the bathroom this morning and there was a lizard crawling up the wall. Oh, shit. This is the 2nd one I've found in my apartment since I moved in. I called the maintenance man to take care of the 1st one, but I decided I need to be able to do this myself. It was pretty small (large bug sized), so I thought a spray of bug spray would probably kill it. I was totally wrong. That just pissed it off. It ran across the wall and hid behind my toothbrush (now in the trash) while I chased it with the bug spray. In case you're not familiar with these little lizards, they can run REALLY FAST. I finally realized that the only way the bug spray would kill it was if it drowned in a puddle of spray. So abandoned the spray and decided to crush it with a bottle of floor cleaner wrapped in a paper towel. It took about 10 hits before it finally died. OMG. It was awful. I'm totally traumatized.  I need therapy. I guess I'm not cut out to be an assassin. 

*I posted this on another board and the consensus was that I'm an awful person and I should have trapped it and taken it outside or just let it run free around my apartment. 🙄


You wasted a good lizard. It could of been in some Chinese herbal wine.

There are better ways to drain your lizard.

I couldn't bring myself to kill a small lizard, but it's understandable... I feel you..

When I was a kid, me and my friends were walking and we saw this huge frog on the road. It was like a foot wide or more. big. Problem was, a car ran over it and the back half of it's body was flattened on the road with a tire track going through it. The frog was suffering and we had to kill it. Well, it's not so easy to kill them apparently.

I caught a pregnant mouse in my attic. Trapped it in a bucket, tried to kill it and its newborn babies with carbon monoxide from my car but that didn't work. Ended up smashing them with a cinder block. Felt pretty bad but a family of mice can create some trouble. The newborns would have definitely died outside.

<< Trapped it in a bucket >>

The "official recipe":

put water in the bucket + layer of oil so they don't come up for air.

mikebeets said:   << Trapped it in a bucket >>

The "official recipe":

put water in the bucket + layer of oil so they don't come up for air.

 
What kind of oil, olive?  Do you boil it afterwards?

This is a pretty vague recipe.


5 Gallon Bucket Mousetrap
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another recipe: Build a Bucket Mousetrap

INGREDIENTS:

5 Gallon Bucket
Dowel – metal is best but wood will work
Tin can
Peanut butter
Scrap of wood for ramp

The Process:

1_ Drill holes at the top of the bucket, on 2 opposite sides
2_ Drill holes in the middle of each flat side of a soda can
3_ Insert a dowel through the bucket holes and the soda can holes, to end up with a unit that looks like the image.
4_ Bait with peanut butter and add a ramp for the mice to get up.
5_ Fill the bottom few inches with water if you plan to kill the mice, or leave it if you want to release them somewhere or feed them live to your snake!

The trap works when a mouse at the top of the ramp tries to jump onto the tin can to eat the bait. The mouse’s weight throws the can into motion, which bucks the mouse off into the bucket below.

Some bucket mouse trappers use antifreeze in their pails. It helps “preserve” the mice, preventing them from rotting

from:
http://fivegallonideas.com/bucket-mouse-trap/

BUT:
I still promote the idea of oil:  much more humane as they drown faster, and don't swim round & round for hours.


<< add a ramp for the mice to get up >>
we found one floating dead in our kitchen sink - it fell from the cabinet above.  
 

I ate a lizard this morning.

If you put it in the blender, it tastes just like guacamole.

MVP9596 said:   
mikebeets said:   << Trapped it in a bucket >>

The "official recipe":

put water in the bucket + layer of oil so they don't come up for air.

 
What kind of oil, olive?  Do you boil it afterwards?

This is a pretty vague recipe.

  
Dry them out, like you would meat for jerky. Then, make soup! Supposedly, they make a tasty fish-like stock.

Eww. I didn't think it was possible, but this thread has gotten even more gross and creepy. ☠️

moonbeam said:   Eww. I didn't think it was possible, but this thread has gotten even more gross and creepy. ☠️
  You started it.

I did not even RED you for what you did to a relative to my pets.

I close my yes opening this thread - the title gives me nightmares.


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Catch and release. 

Dog almost got em

oh poor lizard

helenqueen2 said:   oh poor lizard
  
The frog is next!

MVP9596 said:   
helenqueen2 said:   oh poor lizard
  
The frog is next!

  
Do not google "Frog Sushi". 

Stop it, I warned you.  Don't google it.  No!



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