Friday, June 26, 2009

Poison Ivy Time- Scratch Scratch Itch Itch

Here it is, Mid Summer, and poison ivy is ripening in Illinois. Depending on your area, the poison ivy is slowly becoming it's reddish color, meaning it is ready to cause you discomfort!

For people with allergies to poison ivy, this is a horrible event! Even burning poison ivy can infiltrate and cause harm to people with severe allergies. So, be conscious of your neighbors when trying to rid the area of this invasive plant.

A few things you can do to avoid poison ivy are:
1. Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants when you know you will be exposed (when it's hot, that's tough to do!)
2. Keep your distance. If you stay alert you can spot the varmint without having to touch it. So, watch your surroundings if you are enjoying a walk in the woods, on the trails, or at the campground.
3. If you have poison ivy in your yard, wait until the fall to remove it. If you absolutely want it gone now, make sure you wear gloves, a bandana around your face, and a hat. Keep your arms and legs covered. Pull from the root. Avoid burning it. Instead either spray with weed killer and lay in a pile in your yard where you know people will not be treading (cover it with a sheet or tarp if need be). Wait until it is completely dryed out, and dead, then tightly bag it in lawn bags. Spray the site thoroughly with weed killer and be conscious of any new growths, treating them immediately.
4. Pay attention in the spring to make sure you have gotten it all! If not, start treating immediately.

Here are some links with more information about poison ivy:

http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0LEVIVW4kRKQqcAf4rozAt.;_ylu=X3oDMTExN3Y1YzI1BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA3JlNAR2dGlkAwRsA1dTMQ--/SIG=11ednld14/EXP=1246114774/**http%3A//www.poison-ivy.org/

http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0LEVIZ34kRK9nMA_t_ozAt.;_ylu=X3oDMTExamxoMWc5BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMgRjb2xvA3JlNAR2dGlkAwRsA1dTMQ--/SIG=11vu6bfuv/EXP=1246114807/**http%3A//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poison%2520ivy




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