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The first step in dealing with poison ivy is to identify that it is indeed poison ivy. If someone has touched a plant and had a reaction, or if you have seen a plant that you suspect is poison ivy, take some photos and e-mail them to us and we will try to confirm over e-mail at no charge to you. If we are unable to diagnose with a photo then we will need to come out and an inspection fee will be applied.
Poison ivy looks like a stem with a larger leaf at the end, and two slightly smaller leaves that shoot out to the sides. The leaves are generally smooth with pointed tips and the plant varies in color throughout the year: Reddish in the spring, Green in the summer, Yellow/Orange in the fall.
Signs that your reaction could be poison ivy include swelling, redness, itching, and sometimes painful blisters. The rash can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days to fully develop.
The most effective way to get rid of poison ivy plants is to use a poison ivy spray. Do not pull as it can break plant tissues and release oils that can cause potentially severe physical injury. Urushiol is the name of the oil. If you suspect, or know you have come in to contact with it, please take this guy’s advice to wash your skin! (link to handwashing video)
Poison Ivy Spray is a pesticide application that is done by our licensed and trained technician with a product that is allowed under provincial bylaws. Our technician will spray the foliage which will be absorbed through the leaves and taken down into the plants root system. This spray will kill the existing plant from the leaves right down to the root and you will see browning/crisping of the plant over the span of approximately 14-21 days. A that point the oil will still be present. Continue to exercise extreme caution in the area, and avoid contact with exposed skin, and tools that have touched the plant.
People should not mess with Poison Ivy, our control works and gets down to the root. Use a professional. Home remedies such as vinegar rarely work effectively and dont kill roots exposing you to greater risk.
Poison Ivy can be imported from many sources. Most typically we see it introduced from seed through any plant transplanted from ‘the wild’ like ravines or fields. Hedge Cedars (commonly know as “Swamp Cedars” or Eastern White Cedar) seem to be a big culprit and comes as part of their roots. The source can be a simple seed or piece of root from the poison ivy plant. Another source seems to be from imported soils and composts that are not properly prepared.
A basic Poison Ivy Inspection starts at only $89.95 for a licenced exterminator to come out, assess and identify if you have poison ivy. If treatment is warranted, an additional minimum application fee of $90.00 +tax extra will apply for a total of $179.95 +tax (based on ‘same visit’ application of a small sized outbreak- in one confined area (less than 100 sq. ft.). Larger properties, more plants, difficult access or multiple locations on the same property are an additional cost. (ravines, long hedges, multiple gardens, more precise access. etc.) Subsequent applications will be warranted and start at $179.95 and up, per application. You may require 2-4 applications in the first year.
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