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Iguana Control, Trapping & Removal Services
Coveted pets due to their docile natures and exotic appearances, green iguanas, sometimes referred to as common iguanas, slowly gained a presence in the U.S. as a result of the pet trade. Thanks to a combination of escaped iguanas and owner negligence, the South and Central American natives now thrive in distinct climates in the Nearctic region. Though large and awkward-looking, green iguanas are deceivingly agile and have the ability to climb trees easily or make haste on the ground. In addition to their classification as invasive pests, iguanas are widely disliked due to their destruction of landscaping and disease transmission.
Iguanas have claws, tails, four legs, and long, leathery bodies. The lizards possess distinctive back spines, dewlaps that hang beneath their chins, and sharp teeth designed for tearing vegetation. Although the species is called the green iguana, they can be a wide range of colors including light blue, pink, and orange. Large lizards compared to most, iguanas grow between 4 and 6 feet in length, including their tails, and weigh about 11 pounds on average. Some have been reported to weigh as much as 18 pounds.
The lizards are known for their vegetarian inclinations. However, iguanas occasionally eat insects and small animals, as well. Favorite foods include mosses, leafy greens, and various fruits.
Populations of the green iguana can be found in south Florida, Hawaii, and in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. The animals can only live in climates like those found in humid tropical rain forests. Arboreal creatures, iguanas prefer trees for shelter and enjoy plentiful, edible vegetation and nearby water sources.
Entry into Homes or Yards
Iguanas rarely enter buildings. However, the animals frequently trespass on suburban lawns in the regions where they are active. Features that attract iguanas to residential yards include tree cover and various types of edible plants that produce fruit, flowers, or foliage. Pools often draw them to private properties, as well.
Problems & Damage
While typically docile, male iguanas become aggressive and territorial during mating seasons. Picking up wild iguanas is inadvisable, as they quickly become defensive and thrash about, which can result in injury from their clawing and tail whipping. In addition to their feeding habits contributing to vegetation depletion, iguanas construct burrows where they keep their developing offspring, which results in landscape destruction. Furthermore, water sources can be contaminated with their feces.
Prevention & Exclusion
Property owners can utilize exclusion methods as a type of iguana control. By eliminating the reptile’s access to vegetation, individuals can successfully repel iguanas from residential areas. Favored plants include orchids, roses, and turf grasses, while plants that deter the animals include milkweed, citrus, and oleanders. Nets designed for excluding the pests can be purchased, as well as various tree attachments that prevent iguanas from taking up residence in treetops.
Trapping & Removal
As iguanas can carry salmonella, individuals should avoid handling the reptiles and instead call professional removal services. Trutech specializes in green iguana removal and is ready to develop eradication plans unique to specific properties. Take advantage of our technicians’ extensive backgrounds in pest removal for the best possible results.