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Old 06-01-2018, 07:52 AM   #1
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Another poison ivy removal thread, the non-P&R version.

Out of necessity, I just survived my first removal episode. I didn't see myself ever doing this, but during a brief Philly visit, my mother asked if I could "remove the branches reaching a 2nd floor bedroom window". Turned out to be a combo of fruit tree branches and poison ivy on the brick exterior.

After some quick googling, I followed the advice on the site below and thought I'd pass it on. It's been 24 hours and I still have no ill effects (success!), despite being allergic to the stuff. I did not wear gloves, nor a hat or anything. Just a hose, contractor bags, extra caution, clothes washing, etc. If I accidentally touched an arm (short sleeves), I just hosed off my arm immediately, etc. This work included removal on an extension ladder, peeling off the vine in chunks. The ground was pre-soaked with a hose so I could pull the roots.

Finally, I learned there are more poison ivy variations in the field than I realized. I never gave much thought to the woody, non-climbing version, but it exists. Same for leaf edges.

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Old 06-01-2018, 08:21 AM   #2
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One more thing...since I was handling a pile of trimmed tree branches on the ground, some of which had brushed the ivy, I just hosed it all down before handling them. No gloves. Not the brightest move, but I didn't have gloves nor time to spare.

I really wasn't interested in tackling the job (no time), but my sister was hysterical. I tried to assure her that she could easily follow the plan, but that didn't work.

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Gardensalive! Is a great resource. They're the only place I know that sell beneficial nematodes that get rid of flea larvae outside, and can also knock back tick larvae. Plus they kill other grubs.
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Edit: FWIW I am talking acres below. I read the article which would be viable for a small yard. Fortunately our house is on a hill side and we don't have any toads or amphibians as a side kill.

I have spent too much time working with Poison Oak the West Coast version. It is my kryptonite. It takes a couple of days before it shows up on my skin. Then over the next week gets worse. I follow a far more rigid regime of washing and protecting myself. Water on the plants does nothing, just think about rain. The oils are fairly sticky. Long sleeve shirts, and gloves are a requirement for me. After clearing the forest working around Poison Oak, I am happy if I only have a few spots on me, like at my wrists. My clothes go immediately into the washer using hot water, for two full runs! Ticks are always of concern too.

New Years we cleared even more brush after the fire, and because it was winter I couldn't tell one type of brush from another. I was covered in rashes in places like under where my jeans were and I was wearing chainsaw chaps. So somehow it worked past two layers of clothing. I was miserable for weeks.

Tecnu is a soap that some people swear by. Seems to help, but I can't prove it, but I am amendment about using it, and scrub scrub scrub in the shower after working in the forest.

Poison Oak is the only time I spray around us, and I started spraying when I moved in back in 2010. Roundup Brush remover works pretty well, and so far I have sprayed well over 20 gallons (Which is nothing compared to farming in my younger years, where I have sprayed Roundup and 2,4D 1,000 gallons at a time. Yuck!) It comes back every year, and I spot spray every year. The folks around me let it grow for decades to the point the vines went 30+ feet into the trees. I typically use my pole saw to cut the base of vine which is often 4" across, then wait a year or more, before ripping them out of the trees. I don't recommend changing the chain or adding oil to my pole saw without wearing gloves.

The fires last year seemed to have done a wonderful job of burning up the Poison Oak and it is not coming back hardly at all. Good thing as there is a lot of burned up wood that now needs to be removed again for fire safety. *sigh* there is gonna be a lot of brutally hard work dragging dead wood and entire trees to a location the chipper can access, and I am not looking forward to it.

Poison Oak is beautiful in the fall when it turns a colorful red though!

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We have the wood poison ivy here. I'm allergic to cedar, but poison ivy doesn't seem to phase me at all.

I'd actually burn the stuff, but it's in the woods, and setting that on fire wouldn't be fun....

Roundup for poison ivy works some, but it isn't great.
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Areas the horses go never get herbicides or pesticides.
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On the farm they got a bunch of cattle, said they ate it right up.
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Gardensalive! Is a great resource. They're the only place I know that sell beneficial nematodes that get rid of flea larvae outside, and can also knock back tick larvae. Plus they kill other grubs.
"Beneficial nematode" is my new favorite pet name.
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3 days for poison ivy to show up on me
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It's the oil that gets you.... wash it off immediately after with soap and water and 9/10 you're golden... from an old scoutmaster...
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The one thing I'm not allergic too.

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There's companies out here that rent out a herd of goats to rid an area of poison oak.


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in oregon i can get stuff called crossbow.

it is rumored that it works well on poison oak and others.
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There's companies out here that rent out a herd of goats to rid an area of poison oak.


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Drinking goat’s milk regularly makes a person immune to poison oak. The theory being goats eat the stuff and by drinking their milk, people ingest very small doses of the stuff and get inoculated.


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Fun fact of the day, or at least an old wives tale:

Drinking goat’s milk regularly makes a person immune to poison oak. The theory being goats eat the stuff and by drinking their milk, people ingest very small doses of the stuff and get inoculated.


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I tried it, but the goat kept kicking me away.
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Daaaaaaaaaaaddddddddyyyyy


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I tried it, but the goat kept kicking me away.
Try a different cologne....
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Maybe try it with a female next time.
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in oregon i can get stuff called crossbow.

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Kills it dead
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When I was knee high to a grasshopper, I got poison ivy over most of my body, including my junk (or so I'm told). Haven't been allergic to it since.

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