How to Quickly Kill Poison Ivy

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Poison ivy is one plant that everyone should try to avoid. Avoiding poison ivy isn't always easy since the highly allergenic plant doesn't have one consistent appearance, and can be easily mistaken for other plants. Poison ivy can grow low to the ground, amongst different plants, and it can also take the form of a vine that grows up trees. Exposure to poison ivy causes skin burning, itchy rashes and painful blisters.

Things You'll Need

  • Long, heavy-duty gloves
  • Protective clothing
  • Clippers
  • Heavy-duty garbage bags
  • Shovel and pick
  • Large pan
  • 1 gallon vinegar
  • 1 cup salt
  • Large spray bottle
  • 1/3 cup liquid detergent
  • Glyphosate herbicides (such as 'Roundup')

Digging Method

  • Put on protective clothing and heavy-duty gloves. To prevent exposure to the poison ivy, clothing should completely cover your skin, leaving no gaps.

  • Cut all poison ivy vines from any trees that the vines may be climbing. Place the vines into a heavy-duty garbage bag.

  • Dig into the soil about 10 inches down and remove all of the poison ivy roots. Place the roots into the heavy-duty garbage bag.

  • Pour boiling water into the soil. Boiling water will kill any remaining poison ivy. Be careful not to get boiling water on any plants you want to keep.

  • Seal the garbage bag containing the poison ivy and dispose of it properly.

  • Remove protective clothing and gloves and wash them immediately.

Spraying Method

  • Pour vinegar and salt into a large pan and heat until the salt is fully dissolved. Allow ingredients to cool completely. Pour into a large spray bottle.

  • Add liquid detergent to the ingredients in the spray bottle.

  • Put on protective clothing and heavy-duty gloves. To prevent exposure to the poison ivy, clothing should completely cover your skin, leaving no gaps.

  • Spray all poison ivy plants, weeds and vines with the vinegar mixture. Alternately, an herbicide such as Roundup may be sprayed on the poison ivy if you're not concerned about using chemicals.

  • Remove protective clothing and gloves and wash them immediately.

Tips & Warnings

  • Poison ivy can be very persistent and often reappears after you've removed it. Repeat these steps whenever poison ivy returns and eventually it will stop growing back.
  • Never burn poison ivy plants. The oils will spread through the smoke and cause a severe reaction in anyone who inhales it.

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