|Poison ivy vine growing on a pine
If you are someone who pays attention to the national weather,
or even just the weather in your own backyard, you may have noticed
it's just been weird this year. Spring tried to come early, and
then winter showed up again; it seems that Mother Nature is a bit
The result of the early spring / late winter
scenario is that plants have bloomed early this year, including
poison ivy and oak plants.
So what does this mean to you? If you love the
outdoors, just know poison ivy and oak are already out there
growing hearty and waiting for you. Here are a few tips to get
ahead of it:
If you have poison ivy or oak growing in your
backyard from year to year, this is a good time to eradicate it.
When pulling out the plants be sure to wear protection on your
hands. If you are using gloves, you can wipe them down with Tecnu Original
afterwards to remove the plant's rash-causing oil, urushiol.
Another tip is to place a plastic bag over the plant and then pull
it out of the ground. Some weed killing sprays may also work; your
local garden center should know which ones.
As you begin to venture into the outdoors, know
what poison ivy and oak look
like so you can identify it and steer clear. The plants will be
green this time of year and most likely without berries so look for
the telltale leaflets of three. Poison ivy and oak may grow as a
bush or a climbing vine.
Keep Tecnu Original in your car or backpack to use
when you are out and about without a water source. If you find
yourself in contact with poison ivy or oak, you can use Tecnu Original as a
waterless cleanser. Wipe it on your exposed skin for two
minutes and wipe off with a cloth, or use a tissue, napkin or paper
towel if you don't have a cloth traveling with you.
If you have a pet outdoors with you, be aware where
they are running. Urushiol can stay on their fur and contaminate
you when you come in contact with them later. (We hear so
many stories of this happening with dogs.) If you do see your furry
friend enjoying a patch of poison ivy or oak, you can wipe him/her
down with Tecnu
Original and follow with a pet bath.