To obtain effective results, pull the plant and its roots, as well as the underground stems.
Pull the plants in the spring, once the leaves are blooming and when the ground is still wet. Removal of the plant is thus more effective.
Prevent the poison ivy from growing
Work the soil often to destroy seedlings before they form complex roots.
In the spring, smother the new shoots by covering them with mulch (ideally, thick black plastic). Leave the mulch throughout the summer, and even for more than a year.
Bury dead plants at least 30 centimetres deep. You can also place them in a heavy-duty, tightly sealed garbage bag. Make sure you identify the contents of the bag to inform and protect those who may handle it. Throw the bag away with household garbage.
Do not compost the plant.
Do no use herbicides or chemical-control methods. These are only last-resort options.
If you plan on using chemical-control methods, hire an expert. This way, you avoid harming your health and the environment.
Never burn poison ivy plants. Inhaling the smoke produced by burning poison ivy plants can have very dangerous consequences. It can lead to extremely painful inflammation of the lungs and serious respiratory problems that can result in death.
Poison ivy sap that sticks to clothes and tools can be dangerous for a long time. After handling poison ivy, make sure you wash everything that could have come into contact with the plant, including your shoes and laces.
Wash clothes that could have come into contact with the sap separately from uncontaminated clothing. Machine wash them in hot water with soap. You should probably wash contaminated clothing several times to completely get rid of the sap.
Don’t forget to wear rubber or nitrile gloves when handling items that may have been contaminated with sap.
Call Info-Santé 811 for further information on what to do in case of contact with poison ivy sap.