In South Florida the most frequent lizards are iguanas, common house gecko, Mediterranean house gecko, green and brown anoles.If you have a problem with lizards in the house it will be the gecko or an iguana.
Iguanas in South Florida
The green iguana population in Miami is a problem. Their abundance is causing problems for home and business owners. Because they primarily feed on crickets, worms, leaves, and flowers, they can destroy landscapes looking for a meal. Digging underground can accidentally destroy piping, water supplies, and electricity systems. They like to dig under foundations and pavement, making structures, driveways, and roads unstable.
At an average of thirty pounds and three to four feet long, their presence cannot be ignored, especially if they decide to explore the interior of your home. Trying to remove an iguana poses some problems, like their tails falling off when grabbed since it can regrow later.
There is some good news. They don’t usually travel in packs, and Critter Control can help get rid of iguanas in your home.
Iguanas are herbivores and will destroy your landscape and garden. Their burrows can undermine sidewalks, seawalls, and foundations.
Iguana waste on patios and decks will consist of brown droppings surrounded by a white substance and create an unpleasant odor. Iguana droppings regularly carry Salmonella bacteria.
Iguanas are large lizards with sharp teeth, long claws, and a powerful tail. They normally avoid people but will defend themselves against pets and people.
Getting Rid of Iguanas
Do not feed iguanas! It will only attract more iguanas. The best way to keep iguanas out of lawns is to employ methods of habitat modification.
Erect fences or screens to protect plants and garden crops from the pest. To further deter iguanas from entering yards and climbing trees, property owners may set up barriers around trunks.
Because iguanas run with their heads up, a snare is an ideal catching method. Live traps can also be used, but they must be checked every twenty-four hours per Florida law.
Iguanas are strong, powerful lizards that will defend themselves if cornered. Additionally, it is illegal to release an iguana in Florida (39–4.005 Florida Administrative Code).
Call a professional to catch and handle iguanas in South Florida.
Professional Iguana Control
We use safe and humane traps when necessary. Often, iguanas can be directed away from your property. They don’t typically want to interact with humans and will go in a different direction when approached. If backed into a corner or if they feel threatened, they may attack. Keeping them away with exclusion methods is a priority.
Commonly called “house lizards,” geckos live in both suburban and urban areas with hot climates. These lizards gather around porch lights at night to hunt cockroaches and moths. A lizard that comes inside may have been attracted by an active insect infestation indoors. Due to the pests' small size, tiny gaps or cracks around doors and windows can be enough for geckos to let themselves in.
The greatest danger posed by geckos in houses comes from Salmonella. Most reptiles carry this bacterium in their intestines, mouths, and feces. While it doesn't harm lizards, salmonellosis in humans causes uncomfortable flu-like symptoms and may even be life-threatening.
Geckos leave behind long, brown droppings tipped with white that stain fabric, curtains, and carpets.
Getting Rid of Geckos
Geckos may be captured in a small container, then released outdoors. A short-term solution, this method also requires a quick hand. Any method that requires touching reptiles is also not recommended due to risk of infection. To safely remove a lizard in the house, rely on the expert team at Critter Control.
Cane Toad Removal
Cane toads in Miami are not a lizard, but an invasive ambiphian. Some may know it as the bufo, giant, or marine toad. At about six inches long, they are small but can weigh up to three pounds. Cane toads are often seen around homes and buildings and near all water sources since they breed year-round in standing water.
Cane toads can spit out a toxin chemical when threatened. If your pet bites one, it could be poisoned by the iguana’s venom. Cane toads are not to be eaten by humans. Those who have tried have experienced dire consequences. They prey on vegetation, insects, small birds, frogs, and other reptiles. Cane toads have also been known to favor meal scraps and pet feed.
We can help you control the cane toad population on your property.
Inspection: We look for all water sources, even the less obvious ones, attracting cane toads to your property. Where there are water sources, there are breeding toads and all types of prey to keep them well fed.
Removal: Safety is critical when removing cane toads. We have the proper safety gloves and tools to capture and remove them if necessary. Most of our focus is on exclusion to prevent future cane toad invasions. There may be times when removing the strings of cane toad eggs found in water sources is beneficial.
Repair: Exclusion methods include installing mesh fencing around your property. Also, turn off outdoor lights at night. They attract insects that the toads like to eat. Clear your yard of debris and other sources that attract insects and small rodents, like livestock manure or pet food not properly stored. If necessary, there are applications we can apply to prevent the return of cane toads.
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