There are about 155 species of lizards in 8 different families that can be found in North America. That's a lot of lizards. Turns out most people don't like 'em very much. Any of 'em. Especially if they get in the house. Maybe it's their beady little eyes. Maybe it's because they remind most of us too much of snakes. Maybe it's just their unpredictability. They move too fast. They start and stop without warning, and most of them have this perpetual look on their faces of wanting to eat you, your children, and everything you love.
It seems there are a lot of mothers out there wondering how to get rid of snakes. I tell you what, things have changed a lot since I was a kid. When I was a kid we were the snake control professionals. I remember many a fine day grabbing garter snakes by their tales and throwing them up into trees to see if they'd stick. None of them ever did, and most of them died in the process—sorry Mrs. Johnson!—but there was never a snake problem where I grew up.