Can I start off by saying that, as previously mentioned, I am definitely of the animal loving variety. We as a family encourage wildlife to our property. Specifically native wildlife. We have planted heaps of koala-friendly trees, we have possum boxes and bird boxes to encourage their little families. We have banana trees that feed a small army of flying foxes. We have trees planted to attract native birds. etc etc.
Geckos are different. Unfortunately though, when I get steamed up about something I can't let it go. Geckos are one of those things - and they are an introduced species. They first appeared about 2 years ago and in that time they have settled in very nicely thanks very much. Great spot here - word has got around.
Yes they do eat moths, but that is all I have seen them eat. I understand they eat spiders too. I don't have a problem with moths and spiders. I have a problem with geckos, and there seems to be no easy way to deter them.
Actually I was ok until they moved i n s i d e the house. Not very many mind you. But enough. I can hear them and I sometimes see them, and nasty little blobs of evidence left behind. The house is fully screened, but somehow they have managed to infiltrate the barricades.
So I have decided to take action. I am going to use reverse psychology on myself! It has worked for me just recently when a particular ad on the radio used to really grate on me. You know the type - fingernails on chalkboard kind of feeling.
Reverse psychology worked! I just told myself that I really really loved that particular advert and raced to turn the volume up whenever I heard it. Seems it worked and it doesn't bother me at all now. Actually it is rarely played - it may have been taken off air because other listeners complained!
Really I just posted this to say how much I love those little guys. Cute little critters aren't they and I just love the chirpy noise they make all the time. In fact I came across this cross-stitch pattern the other day, so I think I might just have a go at it and have it framed and installed in the kitchen. Seeing I love geckos so much.
(Photo taken from Cross Stitch Australia Magazine, Oct.93) Leaves and snail were in the photo not on my kitchen bench.
I suppose I have better not take the reverse phsychology method too far - I might end up keeping and loving all my clutter.. lol.