'Tis The Season For Poison Ivy To Start

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

'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!

 

 

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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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Jay Markanich
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If you burn poison ivy, be careful not to breath the smoke, Ed!  Including the vines.

Apr 24, 2017 03:33 AM #6
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Joe Pryor
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OK, as soon as I saw what the post was about I couldn't get The Coasters and the song Poison Ivy out of my head.

Apr 24, 2017 05:56 AM #7
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Jay Markanich
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It gets worse if you watch a Batman vs. Poison Ivy cartoon, Joe.

Apr 24, 2017 06:02 AM #8
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Stephen Weakley
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I was a poison ivy magnet when I was a kid.  For years my mother would take me to the doctor's office for a series of shots since I was so allergic.  As an adult, I still get it but only minor cases.  I'm not sure whether it is because I am so aware and stay away from it or the shots worked! 

Apr 24, 2017 10:04 AM #9
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Jay Markanich
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The shots were likely just steroid shots, Stephen, as I know of nothing to "eliminate" the rash or allergy.  But we change over time in our allergies.

My brother got it annually not even touching the stuff.  The doctor said he had it "in his blood..."!   He had to sleep at night with rubber gloves to keep from spreading it!  Today he has no such problems!

Apr 24, 2017 01:19 PM #10
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Jay Markanich ... I had that once when God was a child.... not a happy moment....

May 12, 2017 03:48 AM #11
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Jay Markanich
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Barbara - for years my brother got it, the doctor saying it was in his blood.  He had to wear rubber gloves to bed!

To those very allergic it is nasty stuff.

May 12, 2017 04:02 AM #12
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning again Jay. I am itchy just reading this. Good advice here. Have a good day.

May 12, 2017 05:16 AM #13
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Jay Markanich
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I have a poison ivy post every other year or so, Sheila.  Intended to remind and instruct!

May 12, 2017 05:22 AM #14
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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 #15
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Jay Markanich
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You may be one of those who are not allergic, Sharon!

May 14, 2017 12:54 PM #16
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So glad we don't have poison ivy in Hawaii - it would love it here.

May 14, 2017 09:37 PM #17
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Jay Markanich
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I bet it would, Georgie!  Being a true ivy for sure it would flourish.

May 15, 2017 03:03 AM #18
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Patricia Feager
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Perfect timing! I get into poison ivy every year and live with miserable consequences. 

May 16, 2017 07:28 AM #19
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Jay Markanich
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It's spring, Patricia, and time for this post!  Sorry to hear of your allergy though!

May 16, 2017 09:27 AM #20
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Great post and good advice, thanks for the reminder. Saw this on Roy Kelley repost and will repost myself. 

May 18, 2017 07:57 AM #21
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Hi Jay,
Great Spring reminder!  Thanks for the post.  I'm one of the severely allergic.  

May 18, 2017 08:39 AM #22
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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And thank you for that, N&T!

That's too bad, Carol.  Poison ivy can be a severe problem for some.  It's best to be able to identify it before the problem!

May 18, 2017 09:09 AM #23
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Jay hello.

Thank you for the useful information.

May 18, 2017 01:13 PM #24
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Jay Markanich
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You're welcome, Shahar.  I'm here very often!

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