Recognize and eliminate the poison ivy
The skin contact with the sap of poison ivy can cause a painful allergic reaction. The best way not to get in contact with the poison ivy is to recognize and avoid.
Presence of poison ivy
The poison ivy is widespread in all regions of Quebec. It grows in very different places:
The plant is found mainly:
Recognizing poison ivy
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The Poison Ivy is a plant that has the form of a bush. A climbing form is also in southwestern Quebec.
The poison ivy measuring 20 cm to 1 meter tall. This perennial plant multiplies from seeds or its significant underground stems network.
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Leaves poison ivy. Source: Sam Fraser-Smith, 2009
The leaves of poison ivy are glossy. Each sheet is composed of three leaflets (small leaves) pointed. The leaflet of the central rod is much longer than the two other leaflets.
The edge of the sheets can be smooth or toothed.
The leaves are reddish when they appear in spring and turn green in summer. In the fall they take different shades of yellow, orange or red.
grass Flowers in the chip. Source: Randy Nonenmacher, 2012
In June and July, the grass in the product chip cream colored flower bouquets.
Fruits poison ivy. Source: Selena Bergeron, 2007
Round, waxy fruits appear in September. They gathered in clusters and their color varies from yellow to green.
Distinguish poison ivy to ragweed
People often confuse the poison ivy and ragweed. These two plants are nevertheless very different.
The foliage of ragweed looks like the carrot, while that of poison ivy is little or no cut. Touching the poison ivy is dangerous while touching ragweed without risk.
For more information on the differences between the two plants, see “Recognize ragweed” section on page Recognize and limit ragweed.
Eliminate Poison Ivy
Since poison ivy has adverse health effects, it is important to prevent it from pushing and multiply.
Before removing the poison ivy, you must take care, however:
Protect yourself before handling the plant
If you must handle the poison ivy, protect yourself properly:
Even the grass plants to dead chip may cause an allergic reaction. So you must also handle carefully.
Limit the presence of poison ivy
To fight against poison ivy, it should be prevented from multiplying by destroying its roots and stems. To do this, you must:
Never burn of grass plants to the chip. Breathing smoke from burning grass plants to the chip can have very dangerous consequences. This can cause extremely painful inflammation of the lungs and severe breathing problems which can lead to death.
The sap of poison ivy, which remains on clothes and tools can be dangerous for very long. After handling plants grass to the chip, be sure to wash all that could touch it, including your shoes and laces.
Wash clothes that may have been in contact with the sap separately from uncontaminated clothes. Wash in the machine, in warm water and soap. You may need to wash contaminated clothing several times to completely remove the sap.
Remember to wear rubber or nitrile gloves when handling items that may have been contaminated by the sap.
Call HealthLink 811 for more information on what to do in case of contact with the sap of poison ivy.