Why Herb-Based Iguana Repellents Are the WORST Thing to Use.

By Phil Autelitano

Iguanas have become a huge menace to Florida and the Caribbean, taking over parks, green areas, backyards, swimming pools and even roadways; eating flowers and fruits, digging holes, destroying landscaping and seawalls, and crapping everywhere. They multiple like crazy and nothing seems to work to get rid of them. Just like other “pests” like cockroaches, palmetto bugs, ants and mosquitoes, all we can do is “control” them, but even THAT is a challenge.

There exists on the market several “iguana repellents,” — typically herb-based products designed to deter iguanas with smelly scents and unsavory flavors. The basic premise of these products is to coat your plants and flowers with a residue that leaves behind scents and flavors that iguanas supposedly don’t like — garlic, onions, hot pepper, and myriad other herbs. The problem is these herb-based repellents, over time, can do more harm than good.

Two things you should know about iguanas:

  1. They are herbivores (that means they eat plants), and
  2. They are stubborn.

Onions and garlic, in large amounts, have been proven “toxic” to iguanas, but iguanas don’t know that. They will eat them anyway. They are stubborn.

Some reports say iguanas don’t like onions and garlic — or the smell of onions and garlic — this may be true, but they STILL eat them. They’re stubborn, remember? If you were to do a quick search of iguana forums, you’ll find a lot of debate among iguana pet owners over whether or not it’s OK to feed their iguanas onions and garlic. That said, it’s clear that, whether they actually like onions and garlic or not, iguanas WILL eat them. They will also eat hot peppers. In fact many iguana pet owners say their pet iguanas actually ENJOY peppers. Wild iguanas are no different than pet iguanas. Onions, peppers, garlic — the key ingredients found in most herb-based iguana repellents — are all things that iguanas EAT. They are, after all, herbivores.

That said, WHY on earth would you spray your plants, flowers and fruits with something that iguanas will EAT? Maybe it works in the short-term, but remember, iguanas are stubborn. It won’t take long for that stubborn iguana to “break through” that stinky scent wall you’ve sprayed over their favorite flowers and fruits, only to discover the tasty food they love underneath. After that, iguanas will begin to associate that herb-based repellent’s scent with FOOD.

As a result, your herb-based repellent now ATTRACTS iguanas instead of repelling them like it’s supposed to do.

That’s the FIRST problem with herb-based iguana repellents. The second problem is that onion and garlic are known to repel honey bees and butterflies.

Honey bees and butterflies are necessary to pollinate your flowers and fruits.

Sure, if your flowers and fruits don’t pollinate, they won’t grow — and that’s one way to get rid of iguanas, but the idea here is that you WANT your flowers and fruits to grow. You just don’t want the iguanas eating them!

That’s problem #2.

Bottom line, there are two inherent problems with herb-based iguana repellents:

  1. They can ultimately ATTRACT iguanas instead of deterring them, and
  2. They can repel honey bees and butterflies instead, inhibiting pollination of your flowers and fruit trees.

Next question, if herb-based repellents don’t work to rid your yard of nuisance iguanas, what does?

There’s an easy answer to that. You need to use a product like IGUANA GONE, an all-natural iguana repellent that is NOT herb-based. IGUANA GONE is chemical-free and pesticide-free. It does not contain herb-based scents or flavors that will ultimately ATTRACT iguanas or stave off honey bees and butterflies. Instead, IGUANA GONE uses a specially formulated scent that safely affects the PHYSIOLOGY of the iguana.

IGUANA GONE’s scent triggers what’s called “acute stress response” — or “flight response” — in iguanas. Flight response is inherent in all living beings. When we humans touch a hot stove, our body reacts automatically and pulls our hand away. We don’t even think about it. It’s a natural, primitive reflex. Iguanas act the same way towards IGUANA GONE. One whiff, they sense a threat — and they’re gone. And so long as that threat “lingers,” they will not return.

IGUANA GONE doesn’t kill iguanas. It doesn’t even harm them. It’s not a chemical or a pesticide. It leaves behind no residue. It’s safe for pets, kids and the environment — and it has ZERO effect on honey bees and butterflies.

THAT is the difference between herb-based repellents and products like IGUANA GONE that actually WORK.

So if you’re having a problem with nuisance iguanas — like most of Florida and the Caribbean are — herb-based iguana repellents may be the WORST thing you can use to repel them. Instead, it pays to try a product like IGUANA GONE. You can order it at www.iguanagone.com

— P.

Phil Autelitano is founder and CEO of Mediarazzi. We develop and produce TV channels for Roku and Connected TV platforms. phil@mediarazzi.com