Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Annoying Little Blighters Are Really Doing Us a Big Favour; Rain Sends Insects Indoors

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Annoying Little Blighters Are Really Doing Us a Big Favour; Rain Sends Insects Indoors

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WHEN you hear chuck-chuck-chuck on your bedroom wall or window ledge tonight, don't dive under the sheets - your visitor is only the little Asian house gecko who is cleaning up your cockroaches, mossies and spiders - and possibly copulating in between to swell his numbers.

The big wet seems to be driving more of the 11-centimetre critters indoors as they search for mossies and insects, also being driven out of the drenching weather.

"It could be that this rain is driving the Asian house geckos indoors as insects are coming in also from the wet," Patrick Cooper, curator of reptiles at Qld Museum, confirmed yesterday.

"Other reptiles, including lace monitors and eastern water dragons, which also live in your region, will tend to shy away from this wet weather and hide until it blows over."

The house gecko is the only introduced gecko in Australia and is Australia's most successful invasive reptile.

"The first report we have of them in Australia comes from 1845 at Port Essington," Mr Cooper said. …

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