Iguanas may look like regal reptiles, but to locals, they have become a pest. They can destroy gardens and vegetation in your yard because they are herbivores. They are hard to catch because of their tough, scaly exteriors and their fast speed. They are also known to be dangerous because they bite and use their tails to whip and injure people. There is a movement to remove these invasive species from your home yard, but unfortunately, they often recommend ineffective solutions, such as trapping the creatures for a safe, humane release or making your own iguana “repellent.” These well-intended measures don’t work for a variety of reasons.
At Iguana Control, we receive a lot of inquiries about iguana repellents. It has been our experience that commercial repellents that are sold on the internet and hardware stores are ineffective. While it would be a very easy solution to spray your property every six months and not have to worry about iguanas, that’s simply not how it works.
With regard to humane trapping, Florida law now prohibits releasing trapped iguanas into the wild, selling them, gifting them, or really disposing of them in any way other than euthanizing them. Most of us would prefer that these animals suffer as little as possible, which is why our extermination methods are effective and cruelty-free.
Myths About How to Repel Iguanas
Iguanas eat almost every type of vegetation, so they’re hard to get rid of. Florida law permits iguanas to be killed or removed without penalty. You cannot, however, trade, sell, or even raise iguanas in the state of Florida. You may have been told that you can simply repel iguanas if they aren’t a frequent problem, but that is easier said than done. As was previously mentioned, iguana repellents are not an effective measure. At Iguana Control, we can remove or repel any size iguana population. Call today to discuss your options.
Iguanas are attracted to fruit trees and flowers. The only fruits they dislike are citrus fruits, which they generally stay away from. They also prefer thick piles of bushes and areas with hidden spaces. Clearing out heavy bushes and trimming trees will help discourage them from hanging out in your yard. Include more citrus plants in your yard and other plants that iguanas dislike. Plant leaves that are too heavy to chew.
Many plants are toxic for these large reptiles and work as a great iguana repellent. For example, spinach, carrots, beets, brussel sprouts, Swiss chard, broccoli, and turnips all drive iguanas away from gardens because they are harmful to them.
Do not be taken in by advertisements for humane kill traps for iguanas. These do not exist. Most traps capture iguanas live and are designed for re-release. There is, however, a problem with this since Florida law does not allow you to release, sell, or transfer iguanas. It is legal to kill iguanas in a humane manner, which is a process better left to professional iguana trappers.
Other than changing the vegetation on your property, there are many other things that we can do to make your terrain unattractive to iguanas. Because they are burrowing creatures — iguanas nest, breed, and travel through subterranean tunnels — destroying and filling tunnels can be a huge deterrent to these pests. Iguanas also like to climb trees to eat the leaves. Placing protective mesh wrap around the base of the trunk can prevent the lizards from climbing them. Ultimately, we can eradicate any size iguana population using the methods that are known to work.
Learn How You Can Repel Iguanas
If your iguana problem has grown out of control, then you can contact a reliable team of iguana repellent experts. Contact Iguana Control today.
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