Frequently asked questions about removing iguanas, opossums, bees and other pest control
Where do the Iguanas go when you catch them? We follow all FL Wildlife Commission (FWC) guidelines. Iguanas are not protected in Florida except by anti-cruelty law and therefore we humanely euthanize the iguanas we capture so they are not a return nuisance for our customers.
Why are Iguanas a danger to our ecosystem?
Iguanas can cause damage to infrastructure by digging burrows that erode and collapse sidewalks, foundations, seawalls, berms and canal banks.
Are Iguanas dangerous to humans?
They leave droppings on docks, moored boats, seawalls, porches, decks, pool platforms and inside swimming pools. Their feces and saliva contain salmonella side-effects for most people include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.
What do Iguanas eat?
Iguanas are herbivores so they are attracted to trees with foliage or flowers, most fruits except citrus and almost any vegetable.
Do Iguanas bite people?
The teeth of an Iguana are designed to rip a plant material but can still deliver painful bites to people and pets. They have extremely powerful jaws capable of exerting considerable pressure.
Do you guys kill bees when you remove them?
When we do a bee removal we try to kill the least bees as possible because we know the importance of bees to our environment. The bees that aren’t harmed usually fly away and find a new home.
How many bees live in a hive?
A typical hive has from 20,000 to 50,000 bees living in a hive. Some hives have 80,000 or more bees in residence.
If you remove a hive, can the home owner keep the hive and honey from bees?
Honey combs that have been removed can be kept by the owner if you'd like. As long as no pesticides are used owners may consume the honey. Honey combs can be used to make soaps, candles and many other objects.
Do Opossums carry diseases?
Opossums carry diseases such as leptospirosis, tuberculosis, relapsing fever, tularemia, spotted fever, toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis, trichomoniasis, and Chagas disease. They may also be infested with fleas, ticks, mites, and lice.
Do Opossums play dead?
When they experience intense fear in the face of danger, opossums tense up and flop to the ground where they can remain for hours staring blankly, appearing to be dead. It's a defense mechanism that they do not have control over.
What do Opossums eat?
Opossums generally eat fruit, grains and insects, but will also eat out of compost piles, garbage cans and pet food dishes if they can get access. They have been known to eat fish, birds and mammals as well.
Where do Opossums live?
Though they aren't picky about where they hang out, opossums love trees and will stay aloft in trees as much as possible. They also prefer areas that are wet, like marshes, swamps and streams.
Do Opossums carry rabies?
Any mammal can get rabies. However, the chance of rabies in an opossum is extremely rare. This may have something to do with the opossum’s low body temperature (94-97o F) making it difficult for the virus to survive in an opossum’s body.