invasive

Asked September 25, 2018, 8:10 PM EDT

oriental bittersweet is invading a community in GR area. Do you have suggestions on how the eliminate it?

Kent County Michigan

1 Response

First of all, if you haven't already do so, you should report this invasion of oriental bittersweet to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN). The link below includes a link for online reporting to MISIN.


The link below lists the options for controlling oriental bittersweet. It likely will take several different methods to eradicate the beast, i.e., hand pulling, cutting, herbicides. But do not mow this plant as that will encourage additional sprouting. One of the herbicides listed in this flyer is glysophate. In view of the recent health warnings about this chemical; however, i do not recommend its use. There are other chemicals available.

You mentioned that this invasive plant is inundating an entire community, you may want to pool your resources and hire a licensed pesticide applicator for the task. Here is a list (either by county or company name) of businesses certified in the State of Michigan:


General information:


Thank you for taking steps to eradicate this highly invasive plant in your area.





Remember to read and follow all pesticide label directions. When manually removing established populations, it is imperative to continue to observe the patch for newly germinating seedlings or sprouts from underground plant parts.

CAUTION: ALWAYS READ THE ENTIRE HERBICIDE
LABEL. HERBICIDES ARE REGULATED AND MAY
ONLY BE USED UNDER SPECIFIC CONDITIONS.
CONTACT YOUR STATE DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE FOR USE REQUIREMENTS,
RESTRICTIONS OR RECOMMENDATIONS.