Feral, domestic Muscovy Ducks are abundant in Florida, particularly in urban and suburban lakes and parks. This is the most common species for duck removal. These birds were released primarily by individuals for ornamental purposes or as pets. The Muscovy duck is a duck that is indigenous to South America and parts of Central America. Their feet have strong sharp claws and are built to grasp, so that they can perch on branches. Muscovies can be extremely prolific breeders, and have been known to lay as many as 40 eggs at a time. Muscovy Ducks are not considered wildlife, they are better compared to livestock, like chickens. Muscovy Ducks can be a nuisance to landowners because of their droppings and aggressive behavior. Florida Statute 379.231 prohibits the release of exotic animals, including muscovies. Domestic or captive-reared ducks, such as muscovies, can transmit disease to wild waterfowl. The State of Florida considers feral domestic ducks to be undesirable in the wild because of their potential to transmit diseases to or interbreed with Florida’s native waterfowl. The most common issue that leads to duck removal is their feces that is left on sidewalks. Products made from acids are the only chemicals that will remove the staining. These ducks also cause a problem when they swim in swimming pools. The pool water can transfer diseases to humans. Occasionally they will nest in trees like they do in there native countries. Since there are not any predators here they nest on the ground. Some people will just throw the eggs away as a control method, but the ducks replace them very quickly. Shaking them hard to break the yoke and then returning them to the nest can be a temporary solution. The best solution is to have Animal Capture of Florida remove them for you and transport them to a livestock dealer.