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Old 1st July 2020, 10:29 PM
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We have 8 to 10 geckos, maybe more living in the house, especially the kitchen and living rooms, while neither Ben or I mind them, good for getting rid of insects and keep to themselves. How do you toilet train them though, no luck yet this end and the never ending cleaning up their poop.

We are also privileged to have a pair of Tokay geckos (a foot long) living in our detached studio, pink and blue and I often watch them, they watch me too and if I get too close they bolt, occasionally we see them out and about around the studio and sometimes the house at night and a pleasure to watch their antics, very beautiful creatures but their poops are even bigger.
I talked to Ben about this and he said that's how it is and you live with them and clean up after them, you won't get rid of them, welcome to the Philippines. Mind you we did have geckos in the house in Oz but not the numbers we have here.
I am interested to hear other peoples experiences.

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hey Steve

Training a Geckos to go to the bathroom would be like teaching a spider to go also. hahahahha I am flooded with spiders and have their poop all over my boat. It is an endless battle to keep my boat clean.

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Training a Geckos to go to the bathroom would be like teaching a spider to go also. hahahahha I am flooded with spiders and have their poop all over my boat. It is an endless battle to keep my boat clean.

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art I have no problem with spiders or geckos, we don't have spiders because the resident geckos eat them both inside and outside, so it's a trade off as both poop. Have you tried different surface sprays for the spiders?

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As our house is a new build the geckos haven't really settled in yet, one or two small ones around, a couple of spiders. Our problem is that they are not doing their job and I'm having to kill the flies with one of those zapper rackets, good fun but they don't work that well, often only stunning the fly. Anyway plenty of exercise and a hobby for lockdown, we have a fly problem, I can kill maybe up to a hundred in a day and that's with screened windows. I've yet to see a fly get in but they are always there. I blame the fighting cocks, we have hundreds around us and I think the flies come from their ****.
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As our house is a new build the geckos haven't really settled in yet, one or two small ones around, a couple of spiders. Our problem is that they are not doing their job and I'm having to kill the flies with one of those zapper rackets, good fun but they don't work that well, often only stunning the fly. Anyway plenty of exercise and a hobby for lockdown, we have a fly problem, I can kill maybe up to a hundred in a day and that's with screened windows. I've yet to see a fly get in but they are always there. I blame the fighting cocks, we have hundreds around us and I think the flies come from their ****.
An interesting point Gary with the flies, we rarely see a fly in or outside the house and we have no fly screens the flies we see while sitting outside are small, mosquitos are rare also.
We leave the doors and windows open all day until we go to bed, only a few sand crabs 2 to 3 inches and big enough to get up the steps venture in now and again that I throw back out, an interesting change from worrying about snakes, geckos, tree frogs, scorpions, spiders, centipedes and the accessional bat trying to get into the house in Oz. Pretty lucky on reflection so we will simply continue the toilet training and cleaning of our house and extra guests.

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hey Steve,

I know spiders don't like peppermint smell, but I hate it to. hahaha We get these wolf spiders on our docks. Most of the time it is the baby ones. the adult ones stay hidden. Their eyes are bigger then their body. So scary looking. I HATE SPIDERS! The problem with spiders they don't clean themselves, so when spraying it on surfaces it doesn't kill them unless you spray on them.

I think my heart stop a few times when they got on me in bed. hahahhahhaha

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I am in a newer place so only a few small geckos. There was a ant problem but I saw the geckos having a fest a couple of times and now the ant problem is declining.

The place i had in Haiti was also new but full of the geckos. Just looking around and you could easily spot 6 to 10 at a time anywhere in the house. It was not uncommon to have them run over your foot when sitting outside on the deck.
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Geckos are nice to have around but the droppings for sure are a mess and they've taken down our electric water pump, they get inside the pressure switch and then short out same with our old automatic washer so I now put a cover over our washing machine and filled in all the gaps on our water switch but we have so many ants and bugs they can't keep up so we frequently burn the insense or the mosquito coils.
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Sympathise Mark as we lost the mother board to fried geckos and green tree frogs in the main A/C unit many years ago,,,,, perhaps 8 to 10 years and the new installation was guaranteed for 5 years to keep out vermin, the unit was still running perfectly before we sold earlier in the year. I think I mentioned in another post that I pulled the covers off our main A/C unit a couple of months ago here and while there were gecko droppings under the cooling fan the mother board was spotless.
Yesterday I spotted a half grown Tokay, maybe 7 to 8 inches long hanging out in the studio, mum was hanging around but dad was nowhere to be seen.
After this post and what I have learnt from other expats here I am happy to put up with Gecko's, their droppings and distractions while watching a movie, little else seems to bother us.

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We have 8 to 10 geckos, maybe more living in the house, especially the kitchen and living rooms, while neither Ben or I mind them, good for getting rid of insects and keep to themselves. How do you toilet train them though, no luck yet this end and the never ending cleaning up their poop.


Cheers, Steve.
Hi, our house is also full of these geckos. I think it's just a case of enjoying their antics at catching insects regardless of the ensuing mess they leave.

However, I did buy six of those double-tube insect killers for the major rooms, and it's reassuring to hear the crack as an insect is electrocuted.
I'm lazy and leave all of these on 24/7. Surprised at where all of the big flies come from despite mosquito netting, and the huge number of tiny flies that it zaps.

There are still lots of these common geckos too; unfortunately we don't have any of the big ones.
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