5 Scents That Iguanas Hate

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We all know that iguanas are notoriously fussy creatures. They often refuse to eat, bask in the sun, or even move when they’re not in the mood. But did you know that there are certain scents that iguanas hate? Here are five of them:

What smells repel lizards?

Have you ever seen a lizard running around your house? It is an unwelcome guest, and one of the best ways to get rid of it is to use certain smells that lizards find repulsive.

Sure, you can try the more traditional methods like using traps or a barrier, but using smells can be an effective approach as well. 

Some of the common smells that lizards find unpleasant are garlic, ammonia, clove oil, and peppermint oil. So next time you’re trying to keep those pesky lizards away from your house and garden area, try giving one of these a go!

What plants keep iguanas away?

First, it’s important to understand what the factors are that make plants attractive to iguanas. Plants that are naturally higher in water content or have an aroma can be enticing for these reptiles. 

These include citrus trees and aloe vera. To keep iguanas from munching on your garden, try using plants with more bitter flavors like eucalyptus, oregano, or marigold.

They will not be as appealing to the palate of an iguana, so you may find yourself with a deterrent pest control option right in your backyard!

What can I spray around my house to keep lizards away?

If you’re living in a tropical climate, you might be used to seeing lizards around your home more often than not. Unfortunately, these little critters can easily become an annoyance.

Luckily, there are several things you can spray around your house to keep lizards away. For example, a mixture of garlic and pepper sprayed in corners and around windowsills may work wonderfully. 

Not only is this solution easy to make (just mix equal parts of both ingredients in water), but it’s also non-toxic and safe to use indoors. Additionally, if the smell route doesn’t do the trick, there are commercial sprays available specifically designed to get rid of those pesky lizards!

Try one or two out and see which works best for your situation.

Will mothballs keep iguanas away?

When it comes to dealing with iguanas in your yard, there are plenty of tried and true methods.

But, if you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to get rid of them, you might be tempted to try the old mothball tactic – after all, you may have heard that this is a foolproof solution. 

However, I’m here to tell you from experience that it doesn’t work! I tried putting mothballs near my plants that were under attack by an iguana and it didn’t do anything other than make them smell weird. It’s best to look for other alternatives for keeping these animals away.

What essential oils do lizards hate?

Essential oils can be very beneficial for humans, but it might surprise you to know that some critters aren’t a fan.

Nowhere is this truer than with lizards – the scaly little creatures who have been around since prehistoric times! But the fact is, there are certain essential oils that lizards just can’t stand. 

Clove, peppermint, and citronella are all great choices when you need to keep them away – they don’t like the strong odors and will naturally want to vamoose.

With such a wide variety of essential oils available, it makes sense to take advantage of them when dealing with lizard intruders.

Which lizard repellent is best?

Trying to figure out which lizard repellent is the best can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, it’s hard to decide which one works the best. A good rule of thumb is to start by researching which ones are most highly reviewed, as these have usually been tried and tested by other users. 

You might also want to consider factors such as price ranges and ingredients used for the product.

In general, it might be worth investing in a higher-end reptile repellent with natural ingredients since this will likely provide a better result. Ultimately, you want to make sure you are buying a product that works well and provides long-lasting protection against lizards.


If you have an iguana or are considering getting one, it’s important to be aware of the scents that they hate. By understanding what smells repel them, you can make your home a more comfortable place for both you and your iguana.

Try diffusing some of these oils in your iguana’s room and see if it makes a difference!

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Nelson Knox

Nelson Knox

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My name is Nelson Knox, and I'm a 37-year-old lizard grower from Oklahoma.
I live with my girlfriend Lillian and our 2 lizards, Ringo & Star, and we spend our days exploring their fascinating world. We love to watch them hunt for bugs, bask in the sun, and enjoy life generally!

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