Iguana Removal Port Charlotte

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In Port Charlotte and surrounding areas in Charlotte County, the presence of iguanas and other large reptiles has been growing at an alarming rate for several years now. These invasive critters pose a major threat to the native species of wildlife and can expose you to harmful bacteria and parasites. A recent report published by the CDC has even linked an iguana’s bite to a rare infection that does not respond to most antibiotics.

If you have children, pets, or elderly people in your home, you cannot afford to let even one iguana go unchecked on your property. Get in touch with Iguana Control today to make sure your local iguana populations do not make permanent homes anywhere near you. Our wildlife control experts can safely and humanely reduce their numbers, and ensure your family’s safety while respecting the animals and your landscape. Call us at (954) 588-3188 to schedule a free site visit.

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Our Multi-Step Process for Iguana Removal and Control in Port Charlotte, FL

When creating an animal removal strategy, our team takes the time to listen to what you are experiencing and then craft a plan that works best for your specific iguana problem.

Initial assessment

Our iguana pest control services begin with a thorough walkthrough of your entire property where we check the obvious areas like gardens and pools, and less visible spots like attics, sheds, and under decks. During this inspection, we look for the following signs of an iguana’s presence:

  • Iguana droppings are usually found in sunny areas or near food sources. These are distinctive and can provide clues about the size and number of iguanas.
  • Chewed leaves and flowers and other noticeable damage to plants, especially if you have iguana-favored flora like hibiscus, orchids, and roses.
  • Holes and disturbance in the soil; this indicates burrowing activity.
  • Track and tail marks in soft soil or mud; these signs help in estimating the size and movement patterns of the iguanas.

Based on the evidence we find, we will be able to give you an estimate of the number of iguanas around. In addition to identifying the areas of highest activity and the main entry and exit points used by the iguanas, we will determine exactly which iguana species are involved, as different species might require different professional iguana removal services. In Port Charlotte, the most common nuisance iguanas are Green Iguanas, Black Spiny-tailed Iguanas, and Mexican Spiny-tailed Iguanas.

Developing an effective plan

Our next step is to create a wildlife management plan with strategies for removing the existing iguanas and preventing future infestations. A large part of this process depends on the severity of the infestation and your property’s layout. We will determine which types of traps (like cage traps or snares) to use and where to set them up. For instance, traps might be set near sunning spots or feeding areas.

In some cases, especially for larger iguanas or those in hard-to-reach areas, we may have to use hands-on capture methods using tools like catch poles or nets. You will be given a detailed outline of how frequently our team will check the traps and the duration of the iguana trapping process, which could vary from a few days to several weeks based on the infestation level.

We also make recommendations to make your property less appealing to iguanas, like removing or trimming certain plants, modifying watering schedules, or using plant-based deterrents. Depending on your situation, we may install fences around your garden, pond, or pool, and seal off any entry points to buildings or crawl spaces where this invasive species might nest or hide.

Removing the iguanas

Our wildlife management services use humane traps for live iguanas, which are strategically placed in areas they are known to frequent. This includes basking spots (like sunny patches, docks, and seawalls), feeding areas (where lush vegetation is found), and near water bodies. Bait is generally fruits and vegetables that iguanas prefer, such as mangoes, tomatoes, or lettuce.

Our go-to are cage traps that close when the iguana enters to feed on the bait. We check the traps regularly to ensure that any captured critters are not left in the traps for too long to minimize stress and risk of injury to the animal and the handler.

If there are dead iguanas or their carcasses anywhere on your property, our professional iguana removal and control company will safely dispose of them as per the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s guidelines.

Reducing the risk of future infestation

Last but not the least, we will implement measures to keep iguanas from ever coming back. This includes:

  • Getting rid of plants that are iguana favorites, such as hibiscus, orchids, and certain fruits and vegetables.
  • Introducing plant species around your home or business that iguanas find unappealing or difficult to navigate through, like those with thick foliage or thorny textures.
  • Erecting barriers around the backyards, swimming pools, and other water bodies.
  • Installing metal sheets or other smooth materials around the trunks of trees to prevent iguanas from climbing them.
  • Covering pools when not in use and designing pond edges to be steep.
  • Removing fallen fruits or vegetables and keeping the yard clean.
  • Closing off potential nesting sites, like holes and crevices in buildings, to prevent iguanas from taking shelter.
  • Installing motion-activated sprinklers, using reflective objects, or applying non-toxic, iguana-repellent sprays.

We can set a schedule for regular inspections to monitor signs of iguanas and adjust the prevention strategies as needed.

Get Rid of Iguanas for Good with Our Iguana Removal Port Charlotte Services

Are iguanas turning your property into their playground? It is time to call Iguana Control, the experts in compassionate and legal FL iguana removal in Port Charlotte. Located in South Florida, our licensed and insured nuisance wildlife technicians use gentle, yet highly effective, methods to make sure your residential and commercial properties stay iguana-free.

While iguanas are not protected under Florida wildlife laws, they are protected by anti-cruelty laws. Count on us to solve your problem in a way that does not cause unnecessary harm or suffering to these animals. Call us at (954) 588-3188 or contact us online to get started.

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