Creatures Are Taking Over Our House

I think small creatures have landed in our neighborhood, and they have been taking over our house the past few months. It is getting quite annoying.

We had to cover up a hole in our family room to keep the mice out. We have our home theater equipment in the garage, so we have the wires go through the wall that is adjacent to the garage. We started finding mice in the house, and they were coming through teeny tiny holes in the wall, where the cables went through.

Wall in our family room, cardboard blocks out the entrance where mice sneak in from the garage.

Then, the lizards came. We have no idea how they got into our house. My son caught one in the garage, and decided to make a habitat so that he could keep it for a few days. I finally freaked out and my husband made him release it, “to nature, to be with his lizard friends”. Then I was in our dining room one afternoon, and saw this lizard on the screen to our sliding glass door…on the inside of the house.

Luckily my son was home and was able to get the lizard outside, safely. Good thing my son has some awesome lizard catching skills. Because I was completely freaked out that this thing was just hanging out…inside the house, like no big deal.

This creature is on the inside part of the screen. My son already has one in a box in the garage. Why is my house being taken over by lizards?

And of course, the day after we got rid of the lizard, we had a new set of creatures appear. The gnats….all 200 of them, buzzing around our house. Totally annoying, and totally gross. We had no food out, and we’ve never had this problem before. They won’t go away!

I started researching “how to kill gnats”. I found this home remedy trick of using vinegar and dish soap in bowls. The gnats are attracted to this combo. But I’m pretty much over seeing bowls of vinegar and soap around my house for over a week now.

Gnat trap, vinegar and dish soap

 Is this a summer thing? What’s next, the ants? I swear if the ants show up, I’m calling the pest control!

7 comments
Sapphirestone97
Sapphirestone97

I've used shot glasses with red wine and that seems to work, but now I am having an infestation of gnats again so I think I am going to try the dishsoap and vinegar. I have alot of housplants, and I am wondering if they are living in them?

Makingitworkmom
Makingitworkmom

We get an ant infestation every spring.  I hate it.  This year we used a home remedy of sugar and borax - it worked, but like you I got tired of seeing the little dishes of dead ants all over the place.  I couldn't deal with the mice and lizards!

Cheryllsm
Cheryllsm

I like the new look of the comments :)

 I woulda FLIPPED OUT with a lizard, just saying & my son also would of needed to be the wrangler. 

Have you seen the way to trap the fruit flies in a homemade trap made out of a cut up 2L bottle & the vinegar/soap mixture? It works on gnats too & you don't have to see them as much. I forget what brand has a black bottom (Coke, maybe) but that's what a friend used & I about gagged when she took the top part off to show us how well it worked.

SWEDEV
SWEDEV

YIKES!  I sure hope the locusts aren't next! I would be FREAKING!

GOOD LUCK!!!!

angryjuliemonday
angryjuliemonday moderator

@Makingitworkmom creatures in the house make me insane. Luckily they've gone on a little vacation since I've written this post. Hopefully they won't return.

angryjuliemonday
angryjuliemonday moderator

@Cheryllsm Yep, I love all of the home remedies out there. The vinegar and dish soap worked. So much so that my husband overdid it and had bowls everywhere. But they finally went away.

angryjuliemonday
angryjuliemonday moderator

@SWEDEV Yes, a locust invasion would be very very bad.