On 10/2/07 9:17 AM, in article email@example.com, "Jack
Just found some in my perennial bed. I'm waiting until fall is truly here
(and after my parent's 50 anniversary party) to get the rubber gloves out.
After the last round and needing steroids to cure it, I'm taking no chances.
Denature the irritant on yourself and your tools with a moderately
strong alkali. Brown laundry soap (which contains some of the lye used
to make it) was once recommended, but it's hard to find and household
ammonia works much better. When I dealt with a large infestation last
year -- four trees had been overgrown with it for years -- I covered up
as completely as I could, then rinsed all exposed skin with ammonia when
done. I changed, bagged the clothes, rinsed again, and showered, I
washed the clothes when I got home after soaking them in ammonia. Nary a
Engineering is the art of making what you want from things you can get.
On 10/2/07 12:01 PM, in article BoednbPEqJTu9p_anZ2dnUVZ firstname.lastname@example.org,
I basically got the PI in my blood stream and even though the initial
contact was only on my arm, it was erupting on my face and neck and a few
less comfortable spots. So for me it is rubber gloves, straight into a bag
with the lot (fortunately only a single vine) and a through wash for myself
and the clothes with the Rx soap. Not taking a single chance on repeat.
On Tue, 02 Oct 2007 12:11:03 -0400, Cheryl Isaak
I would just zap it with glyphosate and get the root for
sure too (shrug). Don't have to handle it that way. Let it
die back to the point that you can't tell what it was
anymore. By next spring it shouldn't be of any problem.
If you have desirables mixed in with it, hold something like
cardboard up by it as a backstop so the over spray doesn't
On 10/2/07 6:30 PM, in article 0NKdnUzQasIdW5_anZ2dnUVZ email@example.com,
The conventional wisdom is that if you cut the vine off from the roots and
treat the cut ends with your choice of weed killer, it will die. (the dead
vines, leaves etc still have plenty of urushiol, so be wary)
On Tue, 02 Oct 2007 18:30:22 -0400, Jerry Avins
That takes a two stage approach. I would cut the vine off a
few feet above the ground and wait maybe a year. Then spray
the new growth good that you can easily reach. Keep a close
eye on it and hit anymore new growth if the first dose
doesn't do it in.
I use a product called TechNu. If you think you've come into contact
simply rub it on and rinse it off. I work in ivy invested woods cutting
firewood and clearing trails and I have yet to get it after I started
using this stuff. I make it a point to never run out. By far the best
stuff I've found.
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