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Are Lizards Dangerous?

Lizards—those scurrying, darting, cold-blooded animals you might occasionally see in your garden, are interesting creatures. People often acquire these amphibians as pets because they are rather intriguing and are fun to watch. But are lizards safe? If they get into your house to for shelter or if they are in a cage as a pet, can lizards hurt you or your family members? Green Pest Services is experienced with lizards and has the answers for you.

Do Lizards Bite?

Lizards have a number of defense mechanisms and biting is one of them. To avoid injury from predators, they will bite if necessary and sometimes humans can be the victims. Most garden and house lizard bites are harmless however, so though these bites are not poisonous, they can cause pain. They often give warning before they bite, opening their mouths and hissing to encourage the threat to back away. Common lizards are not poisonous, there is only one poisonous type of lizard in the United States and that is the gila monster, found only in the southern US states and parts of Mexico.

Do Lizards Carry Diseases?

One thing you need to be careful of with lizards is that they carry harmful bacteria like salmonella. This is transmitted via their feces and urine and can cause serious illness. The symptoms are severe diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever and vomiting. For those with weakened immune systems, this illness can be fatal.

Pest control in Kenilworth and Surrounding Areas

If you have a problem with lizards sneaking into your house, Green Pest Services can help you with this. While lizards are fun and even good at eating and ridding your yard of annoying pests, if they get into your house, you could have problems on your hands. Spreading bacteria and the potential for bites, it’s best lizards are left outside where they belong. For all your pest control needs, Green Pest Services in Kenilworth has you covered. Give us a call today to set up routine inspections, we are happy to help you achieve a completely pest free home.