Iguana Control Services Palm Beach County
In recent years, you may have noticed more and more of those invasive iguanas showing up in your neighborhoods, parks and, for many unlucky Palm Beach County residents, your own yards. Not only are these pests scary to look at, they can cause serious damage to your vegetation and you. You may be asking yourself, “What do I do with iguanas in my landscape?” Luckily, East Coast Sprayers is here with some must-know information and the ways to control iguanas from overpopulating our area.
Iguana Habits and Habitat
South Florida’s subtropical climate and habitat has allowed Iguanas to survive, thrive and reproduce easily. Iguanas are herbivores, feeding on vegetation, flowers, fruit and foliage. Occasionally, they may eat insects, lizards, small birds or other small animals and eggs. Spiny tailed iguanas live in burrows, dug deep into the soil, which protects them when they are frightened or attacked. Green iguanas live near bodies of water and when frightened, they dive into the water as protection. Iguanas, being cold blooded reptiles, spend most of their time basking in open areas such as sidewalks, mowed grass, docks, seawalls, etc. to warm up in the sun.
Damaging Effects of Iguanas
Iguanas are non-native and extremely invasive to Palm Beach County. Their damage can be severe to your landscape and they can harm you, your children and pets. They can deliver serious bites and scratches from their extremely sharp claws, as well as whip and slap with their tail as defense. While iguanas will normally avoid people, if cornered or frightened, they will defend themselves against pets and people.
When it comes to your vegetation, almost nothing is off the menu for them. Iguanas have a vast diet of valuable plants, shrubs, trees, fruits, flowers, and vegetables. If you have iguanas in your area, your beautiful landscape may be at risk.
Some iguana favorites include:
- Any fruits
If you have a vegetable garden, iguanas can favor kale, broccoli, collards, sorrel, beets and lettuce.
In addition to physical harm and vegetation destruction, iguana burrows can cause severe and costly damage. When they dig these burrows, sidewalks, seawalls, and home foundations can be undermined and compromised. Overtime, these areas are susceptible to erosion and eventually can completely collapse.
Iguana Control and Removal
If you’re looking to deter or scare off iguanas in your yard, you may want to avoid planting iguana-preferred vegetation, barricading any valuable plants with cages or enclosures, spray them with the water hose, make noises so their atmosphere is unwelcoming, and most importantly, NEVER feed them.
If you need iguanas removed from your property, the professionals at East Coast Sprayers are here to help. We will evaluate your iguana population to determine the best removal method. Contact us today for your evaluation and let us rid your landscape of these damaging pests.