Locate & identify noxious weeds
Use a specialized weed killing spray
Wait 1-2 weeks for weeds to die
Take caution when disposing of weeds
Don't let poison ivy and its poisonous cousins keep you house bound. This article outlines the steps for effectively eliminating poison ivy and other tough weeds.
Once a month, tour your property to identify poison ivy and other hazardous weeds. See Monthly Mission to Stop Poison Ivy: Yard Tour and How to Identify Poison Ivy. Do not be tempted to burn or pull out the vines. Burning can release the urushiol into the air, which, if inhaled, could be harmful. And ripping the vines out of the ground will probably not eliminate the roots - the vines will likely return.
The best way to eliminate poison ivy, oak and sumac is to kill the vines with specialized weed killers such as Roundup® Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer products. These products have two specific ingredients in the formula: Triclopyr that fights through the waxy surface of poison ivy, oak, sumac, kudzu and other hard-to-kill weeds, and glyphosate that helps kill to the roots.
Always read and follow label directions carefully. For more information, see How to use Roundup® Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer products.
After use of Roundup® Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer, weeds usually:
During disposal, wear rubber gloves, eyewear and clothing that covers all your skin. Place all the poison ivy into a garbage bag along with your gloves. Close the bag tightly and double bag if possible, leaving no part of the plant exposed. Put these bags out with your other yard waste. To avoid a potential breakout, you may want to dispose of your clothes. If you do not want to throw them out, wash clothes separately with warm soapy water and use bleach if possible.