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What Does Poison Sumac Look Like

By Courtney  |  Thursday, November 9, 2017 |  ,  |  Leave comment

Here at Tecnu®, we talk about poison oak and ivy A LOT! Poison oak and ivy are the most common poisonous plant, and we often forget about the "Jan Brady" of the story: poison sumac. 

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Contact Dermatitis Symptoms

So let's talk about Contact Dermatitis. Yep, I want to talk about skin irritations! This is the not so glamorous part of our job, but contact dermatitis can be alarming, and it is usually your first indication that you have come into contact with poison oak, ivy, or sumac. First off let's review what contact dermatitis is. According to Dictionary.com, contact dermatitis is defined as "inflammation of the skin caused by an allergic reaction to contact with an animal, vegetable, or chemical substance." Common causes include such things as nickel, latex, fragrances, and our wonderful poisonous plant friends. You may be thinking to yourself "But, how do I know it is contact dermatitis?!". Unfortunately, the irritation is different for each person depending on your sensitivity to the allergen or irritant.  

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Meet Our Outdoor Go-to

By Courtney  |  Tuesday, June 13, 2017 |  , , ,  |  1 comment

Have you ever met someone and thought, "This person is my spirit animal"? We here at Tec Labs have our very own spirit animal, and he is our co-worker Gabriel Starr. He is our go-to guy on all things outdoors because we are fairly confident he has tried it all. We are usually left in awe when we hear about his latest weekend adventure or upcoming excursion. We decided that we needed to ask him some questions. So, please enjoy our very first Tec Labs interview!

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How to Build a Fire Pit

After a thorough search on Pinterest, it is safe to say that there are about 101 ways to build your own fire pit! What's better? The cost is relatively cheap if you're willing to put in a little elbow grease. That, or you can shell out the hundreds of dollars it can cost to buy a pre-fabricated fire pit. We'll go for the DIY route and take it a little easier on our wallets! OK, here's what you do:

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Children & Poisonous Plants

By Caileen  |  Tuesday, March 7, 2017 |  Not tagged  |  Leave comment

While the majority knows not to eat poisonous plants, we often forget to educate our children on the matter. Years ago, folks believed ingesting small amounts of poison plants such as poison oak or ivy would result in immunity. As the years have passed by, we've since become more versed in the matter and now know that these old wives tales are simply unfounded, as well as very dangerous. Surprisingly, there are a number of poisonous ornamental plants lurking around our yards, gardens, and foyers apart from the usual suspects, poison oak, ivy, & sumac, and nightshade. Some of these plants include:

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