'Tis The Season For Poison Ivy To Start

Reblogger Roy Kelley
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If you ever see the "hairy" root that grows up the sides of trees or houses, then you know THAT is poison ivy!

Original content by Jay Markanich

'Tis the season for poison ivy to start.

And you have to look for it!  It is easier to remove when it's small.

Poison ivy and poison oak are very common in this area. 

They are similar in that they have three equal-sized, and shiny, green leaves.

The shine on the leaves comes from an oil that when touched, and allowed to stay, can bond with the skin and cause a very itchy rash.  And the rash can spread!  About 85% of people are allergic to poison ivy, oak, and sumac.  And 10%-15% are severely allergic!

And this plant is a true ivy.  It grows rapidly, and, being a rhizome plant, can spread underground from place to place.  Rhizome plants have subterranean shoots which grow, popping up with leafy plants that shoot elsewhere to grow larger and spread still.  Rhizome plants are also called creeping rootstalks and creeping rootstocks.

And poison ivy will grow up the sides of houses, under siding, and can even spread into the inside of a house.  I have seen poison ivy happily growing along the ceiling of unfinished basement spaces!

If you ever see the "hairy" root that grows up the sides of trees or houses, then you know THAT is poison ivy!  Once that root has taken hold of anything it is extremely difficult to remove!  And all aspects of the plant have the oily substance that if touched can cause the skin rash, including branches and roots.

My recommendation:  spring is the time to look for small poison ivy plants.  That is when they are easiest to kill off, and hopefully before the rhizome shoots begin to spread.  Once it has taken hold it is much more difficult to eliminate.  If you think you have touched poison ivy, immediately wash the area with dish detergent (which is formulated to break down oils and grease), and COLD water.  Hot water will make the oil spread.  If you get it on your clothing, wash it immediately by itself.  If your dog or cat touches poison ivy and you pet the animal, the oil can spread from the fur to you again, so eliminating it before it grows is best practice!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Roy. I itched just reading Jay's post. Now off to tell him.

May 12, 2017 05:15 AM #6
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Lou Ludwig
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Roy

I have had poison ivy as a kid . . . . it was not fun.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 12, 2017 08:33 PM #7
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Lou Ludwig
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Roy

Have a great weekend.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 13, 2017 05:22 PM #8
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Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS
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Oh no! No poison ivy! I am allergic to regular ivy plants.

Thanks for the reblog.

Lauren Selinsky

May 14, 2017 03:05 AM #9
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Roy Kelley
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Your comments are always welcome and are very much appreciated.

Happy Mother's Day!

May 14, 2017 04:25 AM #10
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Sharon Tara
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I've never had poison ivy and I hope it stays that way!

May 14, 2017 11:14 AM #11
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Sybil Campbell
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This was a great choice for a re-blog Roy.  We have to be careful about poison ivy!

May 14, 2017 03:55 PM #12
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Ugh - so glad we don't have that in Hawaii.  Thanks for the reblog...

May 14, 2017 09:36 PM #13
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Roy Kelley
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We have a beautiful Monday morning in Kentlands. Dolores will be heading to the golf course and I am going to do some yard work.

May 15, 2017 03:49 AM #14
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Will Hamm
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Hello Roy,  I am glad I am not young anymore, I would be off in the woods of Pennsylvania and get it so much.  Now I am wiser>

 

May 15, 2017 06:43 AM #15
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

May 16, 2017 05:11 AM #16
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Lou Ludwig
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Roy 

Have a great week.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 17, 2017 07:50 PM #17
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Roy -  when I was younger I had no problem.  However, I recently had an allerreaction and will stay away. 

May 18, 2017 06:10 AM #18
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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A good post to reblog, yes we also get all three in our area but usually people refer to poison ivy.

May 18, 2017 07:56 AM #19
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Roy Kelley
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Your comments and your continued support are very much appreciated.

May 18, 2017 05:33 PM #20
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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My reaction to poison ivy gets worse every year, as is common with allergies. This post has good advice - thank you for reblogging!

May 20, 2017 11:00 AM #21
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Roy, Great reblog.  I actually studied the picture. We don't see much poison ivy here so I don't know what to look for.  

May 20, 2017 06:14 PM #22
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Roy Kelley
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Good Sunday afternoon to all. Have an outstanding week.

May 21, 2017 11:42 AM #23
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Super important re-blog, Mr. Roy Kelley.  I will be on the lookout for this insideous poison ivy plant. 

May 21, 2017 09:41 PM #24
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We have a rainy Monday morning in Kentlands. I will not need to water the plants today.

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