Last updated 4/12/2012
If you’re new to the top end of Australia you may be hearing strange chirping or squeaking noises at night and wondering what they are. I thought we had bats or mice or some weird rodent in the walls of the house. The pattern I heard was a couple of chirps, maybe half a second apart, followed by a series of similar chirps in quick succession, sounding something like “chip….. chip….. chip chip chip chip chip.”
I thought about getting the mouse traps out. It sounded like mouse chatter to me. Rodents squeaking in my domain are not acceptable. I needed to exterminate.
Luckily before any hasty trapping arrangements were made, I found out that the source of the squeak was the Asian house gecko. Imported into Australia from Asia, it’s now very common in tropical and sub-tropical Australia. They’re also known as common house gecko. These cute little guys come out at night to feed on insects. That means they’re good because they reduce the inundation of little midges that are small enough to fit through your flyscreen when you’re trying to air out your hot house at night.