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How To Control Poison Oakpoison oak

Along with poison ivy and poison sumac, poison oak is another one of those noxious invasive plants that you may run into while hiking or enjoying the outdoors. These same plants can also creep up onto your own lawn which can be a hazard to you and your children if skin happens to come in contact with their leaves which can cause painful and irritating rashes and blisters.

Poison oak is an invasive plant typically found along the west coast of the United States and in areas of southwestern British Columbia.  In California, poison oak has become such a prevalent problem that it is considered the most hazardous plant in the state and has affected the economy, resulting in people who come in contact with the plant to miss work days while trying to recover from the allergic reactions of the plant.

Poison oak is a deciduous plant and contains a woody stalk which takes one of two forms depending on whether it is growing by itself in the open or is sheltered by trees or structures. In general, poison oak leaves are made up of three leaflets but can also appear in leaves of five, seven or nine leaflets. These leaves produce an oil called urushiol which is a serious allergen and is what causes rashes and irritation to humans who come in contact with it.

During springtime, poison oak can also be identified by the small greenish-white flowers it produces and by its whitish fruit in later summer or early fall. Like many deciduous trees, the leaves of the poison oak change color in autumn, often turning bright red.

If your home has poison oak growing, it is important to get it removed as soon as possible. At Solutions Pest and Lawn, we can help with our offerings of high-quality control products that will remove these plants quickly.

How To Get Rid of Poison Oak: 3 Step Solution

Controlling poison oak completely can be rather difficult because the plant is beloved by birds who eat the fruit and berries which grow from the plant and then spread the seeds far and wide to where they continue to emerge in places they are not wanted. As difficult as it can be, removal is not impossible. With the right approach along with being equipped with the right weed-killing products, you can get it off your lawn. Here are the steps we’ve shared to help you tackle poison oak the DIY way.

Step 1: First and foremost, before going through any kind of control strategy, you need to correctly identify the plant is for certain, poison oak. Because of poison oak looking similar to other harmless plants, it may not be a serious issue and you could just hand pull the weeds or leave them be. If you are not totally sure, you can always shoot us an email at identification@solutionsstores.com containing a photo of the plant in question and we will ID it properly for you as well as provide control recommendations.

Step 2: Once you are certain that what you have on your property is indeed poison oak, you can then proceed with treatment. Be sure that you are first properly geared up for the occasion. Be sure to wear long pants, long sleeves, gloves, and boots, covering as much skin as possible because you not only do not want poison oak on your skin, you don’t want to accidently get chemicals on you either.

Step 3: The best strategy for eliminating poison oak is through the use of chemical herbicides. Use a non-selective herbicide like glyphosate which will easily kill off this plant. Apply the chemical treatment after the fruit has formed but before the leaves have changed color. Poison oak is a persistent plant, so repeated applications may be necessary to completely kill the plant. Afterwards, wash all your clothing and equipment thoroughly to remove traces of the oil.

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