Over the past 5 years, thanks to very few cold snaps, the already problematic iguana population in Florida has been rising by noticeable proportions.
With more and more non-native iguanas on the loose, many homeowners have been experiencing problems with iguanas on their properties, and advertised iguana repellents are not an effective solution.
Also, not only are iguanas an inconvenience to people, but they can also cause widespread habitat destruction and thereby have serious impacts on Florida ecosystems and native wildlife.
If you are having iguana problems, then it is a good idea to start getting rid of them. However, before you do this, you need to be aware of what humane methods there are out there, and what you are and aren’t allowed to do by law.
Read on to find out more..
1. Remove Debris and Do Some Pruning
One of the first things to do when wondering how to get rid of iguanas is to analyze your yard. It is overgrown and bushy? Are there piles of wood or stones lying around?
If so, these things can all provide cover for iguanas. Therefore the first thing to do to start getting rid of your iguana problem is to begin pruning back overgrown plants and clean up any debris.
The fewer places there are to hide for an iguana, the less attractive your yard will become, so get in there!
2. Dig out Some Old CDs and Hang Them in the Trees
Another thing you can do to keep iguanas away is to hang up some old CDs around your yard.
Simply dig out some old CDs, and attach them with string to trees and fences. The reflection from the CDs can confuse iguanas and make them seek out other, less flashy, pastures.
To maintain the maximum effect, you will need to move your CDs every few days so that the iguanas do not get used to them. Even so, be aware that this is not a sure-fire method.
3. Keep Compost Bins Closed and Don’t Leave Pet Food Out
Another way to keep iguanas away is to remove any sources of food for them from your yard. If you have a compost bin, keep this closed at all times, as iguanas love fruit and vegetables.
If you have a dog or other pets, do not leave their food bowls outside as this can also draw in roaming iguanas.
Lastly, you can also choose to remove plants in your garden that iguanas are particularly attracted to such as fruit trees and vegetables. This option, however, is not for everyone, as most people wish to keep their fruit trees and vegetable gardens. This strategy is also not too effective unless you want to get rid of most of the plants in your garden!
4. Setting Iguana Traps
Fortunately, besides removing all your favorite plants, you can also resort to setting traps.
You can use both snare traps or cage traps to trap iguanas. Snare traps, however, can be less humane, as they may prove too tight once the iguana is inside it. This can lead to injuries.
If you choose to use a cage trap to catch iguanas then it is best to cover it with sacking or plastic. The reason for this is that once trapped, iguanas will often struggle violently to escape and cause damage to themselves in the process.
However, if you cover the cage with something to keep out the light, this can often reduce the amount of struggling that the captured iguana does, making it a more humane process.
To successfully catch iguanas in cage traps it is a good idea to bait them with some fruit and secure the door open. Then leave the trap like this for a couple of days.
Once the iguana becomes used to eating in there, set the trap so that the door will close next time it is set off. This will ensure an easy catch.
Once you have caught the iguana you have a number of options. For small iguanas, you can try to donate them to pet shops. Larger, old iguanas are more difficult to home, however, you can try zoos and wildlife sanctuaries in the area.
Since July of this year, homeowners are also allowed to humanely kill iguanas. Prior to this, there were strict regulations around the killing of iguanas and euthanasia was best handed over to the professionals in order to avoid large fines.
Now, however, by the direction of the FWC, landowners, and members of the public are allowed to exterminate iguanas, providing that it is done humanely.
Landowners also have the choice to obtain euthanasia services from local exotic veterinarians, if they can find these services.
5. Hire Professional Animal Trappers
While Florida homeowners are now allowed to exterminate iguanas, this does not mean that everybody wants to. Killing any creature is not a pleasant experience. Additionally, iguanas are large and can be dangerous.
Coupled with this is the fact that unless you are able to kill an iguana in a manner in which they won’t suffer (such as an injection or highly accurate gunshot) you shouldn’t really be exterminating them yourself.
If you want to avoid all of this, the best way to get rid of iguanas humanely is to call in professional trapping services. If you do this, everything will be taken care of for you, and you won’t have the responsibility of killing the iguanas, or of trapping them.
This option is also one of the surest methods, as unlike others it guarantees that the iguanas will be removed from your property.
If you feel this is the best option for you, then be sure to check out our iguana trapping and removal services.
Now You Know How to Get Rid of Iguanas
Iguanas can be a source of numerous problems, such as eating up plants, causing holes in your lawn, and leaving behind potentially salmonella-carrying feces.
However, now that you know how to get rid of iguanas, you don’t need to be stuck with these problems.