Lizards perform heroically in the garden, battling bugs and devouring insect pests. Although some lizards eat plants, the situation usually is not severe enough to label lizards a problem. Lizards can become a problem for you, however, when their population gets too high and they begin to invade your home or shed, or become constantly underfoot when you are outdoors. Making your garden less attractive to them helps to get rid of the excess lizards so you can coexist with a more manageable population.

Step 1

Sweep up and dispose of fallen leaves and other dead plant debris in the garden. They provide cover and nesting areas for lizards. If you compost old plant debris, place the compost pile away from your home, outbuildings or other areas where lizards are undesirable.

Step 2

Place outdoor potted plants on top of elevated plant stands so lizards aren't attracted to the moist environment beneath the pots. Remove fallen leaves from inside the pots so no material is available for lizards to hide beneath,

Step 3

Move lumber piles, stacks of bricks, boxes or other areas that trap moisture and provide hiding places for lizards. Place these items away from your home or dismantle them.

Step 4

Empty and store all items that can hold standing water. Bowls, empty pots and buckets are breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other insects, which attract lizards. If you must leave empty bowls, pots and buckets outdoors, turn them upside down so they won't collect water.

Step 5

Seal all openings that are more than 1/4 inch wide in your home and other buildings by filling them with caulk or stuffing steel wool into them. Sealing keeps the lizards from gaining entrance. Common entrance points are around window and door openings, water pipes and electrical outlets.

Step 6

Place a box over any lizard that ventures into an unwanted area. Slide a cardboard sheet beneath the box, trapping the lizard inside the box. Transport the boxed lizard to a safe place in your yard, and release it.