Property maintenance budgets increase control over pesky iguanas

Tom Portuallo (right), founder and CEO of Iguana Control, and Mike Rowe, presenter of Dirty Jobs, are taking a break from filming an upcoming episode of the hit TV show

Well suited to the South Florida environment, free of natural predators and adept at swimming, climbing and digging, iguanas are a formidable challenger.

Removing iguanas effectively and in accordance with animal cruelty regulations and other laws is a specialized service. “

– Tom Portuallo

POMPANO BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, Aug 26, 2021 / – When Tom Portuallo founded Iguana Control, based in Pompano Beach 10 years ago, his customers were mostly single family home owners who were upset about their iguanas Meter. The balance sheet for new business has changed in recent years, Portuallo says, as HOAs, country clubs, resorts, and even municipalities allocate significant sums to iguana control in their maintenance budgets.

“The lush landscaping is one of the main selling points of condominiums and clubs, and an iguana infestation can permeate anything,” Portuallo said. “Controlling their numbers at the front end is much less costly and effective in the long run than constantly replacing the landscaping on acres and acres of land.”

Terrible rival

Well suited to the South Florida environment, free of natural enemies other than humans and adept at swimming, climbing, and digging, iguanas are formidable challengers. Years of warmer winters in Florida continue to fuel their numbers, so spotting a 3 to 5 foot reptile on the sea wall, in the garden, and even crossing the street has become a common sight, especially during the warm summer months.

Iguanas are only protected by anti-cruelty laws. Although classified as an invasive species, they are not among the crocodiles, deer, and other animals protected by the stringent guidelines of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They live about 10 years and are productive, with each female laying up to 100 eggs each year. While iguanas can be fabulous photo opportunities for tourists, they are a major nuisance for property owners in South Florida, especially those who love colorful flower gardens and golf courses.

Landscaping aside, there is evidence that iguanas burrow into canals and damage flood control structures managed by the South Florida Management District. As the huge lizard population explodes exponentially year after year, from Jupiter all the way down to the Keys, homeowners associations and communities increasingly turn to pest control companies that specialize in iguana control.

Budget items

At Iguana Control, the largest company in South Florida exclusively focused on the removal of iguanas, business has grown year on year for the past decade, with an increasing percentage of that growth coming from annual contracts with homeowners associations and golf communities with many acres too tend.

“Effective removal of iguanas and in compliance with cruelty to animals and other laws is a specialized service,” Portuallo said. “It is not a free or open season for killing iguanas. Every method we use shows our respect for the owner and the property. ”

Iguana Control has many annual iguana removal contracts for properties from the Treasure Coast to The Keys, employs 20 trained technicians certified to use all necessary iguana removal equipment, is fully insured and committed.

Portuallo’s promise of loyalty speaks volumes about his commitment to customer service: loyal customers who renew their annual contract pay the same amount year after year for comparable services as in the first year.

“Iguanas are not going to go away anytime soon, and a whole new industry is developing around this reality,” Portuallo said. “I believe it is the job of service providers in this business to build long-term trust in this reality by helping our customers and maintaining high professional standards.”

About the iguana control:
Iguana Control is a professional service organization specializing in locating the source and extent of existing populations of green iguanas and providing unique solutions to stop these species from infesting commercial and residential properties in Broward, Monroe, Palm Beach and counties Reduce Miami-Dade. Iguana Control, based in Pompano Beach, is fully insured and all of its technicians are committed and certified to use all equipment. For more information, visit or call (855) 525-5656


Danny Grant
Pierson Grant Public Relations
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