Poison Ivy Removal
I recently bought a home in Towson for my daughter, three boys, and two dogs to live in. She hired someone to remove a large quantity of overgrowth, including many vines, (including kudzu!) from the back yard. There is, however, still a lot more to get rid of and she has been working away at that, filling about 10 large bags with yard waste last weekend. In spite of wearing long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and gloves, she managed to get a case of poison ivy for her efforts. What is the best way of getting rid of poison ivy in an urban setting? She’s worried about the dogs bringing it in the house too.
Baltimore County Maryland
This looks like it will be nice backyard once all of the poison ivy is under control. There are two choices for removal, physical removal, as your daughter has been doing, or treating it with an herbicide. Please see the 2nd page of this publication for control.
If an herbicide is used read the label and follow the precautions. Look or an herbicide labeled as a brush killer, the active ingredient is either glyphosate or triclopyr. Keep pets and children out of the area until the herbicide has dried. However, there is a way to treat poison ivy with an herbicide without having to spray. The vines need to be cut than a brush killer concentrate is painted directly on the fresh cuts. If this is what you decide to do look on the labels for an herbicide labeled as a 'brush killer'.
Dogs don't get the poison ivy rash but if they brush against it and the oil gets on their coat yes, they can spread it.
Thank you, Deb, for your quick response and informative booklet. I am concerned, however, about using a herbicide such as RoundUp as I have heard recently that it may cause cancer. Also, the neighbors next door have a vegetable garden and we wouldn’t want any runoff of a herbicide contaminating their garden. It looks like there is no safe way of removing the poison ivy plants other than removing them physically as we have been and then suffering the consequences.