Green iguanas are everywhere in Florida -- they even invaded a South Florida couple's hot tub.

It’s no myth that invasive green iguanas are fans of South Florida pools — sunning themselves on the decks and taking an occasional dip.

But one hired iguana hunter found just how troublesome they can be when he was called to a West Palm Beach home that had an iguana related hot tub problem.

Namely, they were using it as a toilet.

Trapper Mike Kimmel, who owns Martin County Trapping and Wildlife Rescue, is also a certified python hunter for the South Florida Water Management District. In March, he made a landmark catch when he nabbed the 2,000th python caught and killed as part of the district project launched in 2017.

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“This poor old lady and her husband have been terrorized by these iguanas long enough,” Kimmel said in an Instagram post that showed the extent of the iguana feces in and around the couple’s hot tub. “Thankfully they called the right man for the job!”

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William Kern, an associate professor in the entomology and nematology department at UF’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, said in an interview earlier this month that the abundance of iguanas in South Florida isn’t a problem in wildlife areas where predators such as alligators, bobcats, coyotes and otters are more prevalent.

As far as iguana removal in suburbia, he advises that “tolerance” is always an option, but understands that they can be a nuisance and that they “defecate a lot.”

Iguana feces can carry salmonella.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has on its website that it “encourages homeowners to kill green iguanas on their own property whenever possible.”

But acceptable methods of humane extermination are tricky and should be left to professional trappers, Kern said.

The state is being criticized for putting a bullseye on iguanas without telling them how to do it humanely.

In a letter earlier this month to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, PETA asked the state to first take steps to more effectively regulate the possession of green iguanas and tell people how to dispatch them in the kindest manner possible if it continues to urge the use of “lethal measures.”

This story originally published to palmbeachpost.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the GateHouse Media network.