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How to Avoid Poison Ivy

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - When it comes to poison ivy, you've probably heard the rule 'leaves of threelet it be'.
Ward Upahm a Horticulturist at Kansas State University says it isn't that simple.

"They can have a smooth edge. They can have a coarsely toothed edge or they can almost be lobed so there's a lot of different forms that that can take. Also, the plants themselves have different forms," said Upham.

Poison ivy grows on the ground, in a shrub and climbs trees. It does have three leaves-but there are other plants with three leaves that won't give you a rash.

Horticulturists say people should look for leaflets with the middle leaf on a longer stem.

The other two leaves are directly attached to the main stem.
and it grows on a brown branch-not a green one.
more than 90% of people are allergic to poison ivy.

"A poison ivy rash is different from a bug bite in that it will start out just being red and irritated and then blisters will actually raise up and people say those blisters will spread and they must be spreading the oil, but really it just takes awhile for the reaction to occur,"said Charlie, Horticulturist, Kansas State University.

There is a lotion called ivy block you can put on before going into the woods.
You can also remove the poison ivy plant by pulling it out of the ground, or using herbicide specifically for killing brush. When it comes to poison ivy, you've probably heard the rule 'leaves of threelet it be'.
Ward Upahm a Horticulturist at Kansas State University says it isn't that simple.

"They can have a smooth edge. They can have a coarsely toothed edge or they can almost be lobed so there's a lot of different forms that that can take. Also, the plants themselves have different forms," said Upham.

Poison ivy grows on the ground, in a shrub and climbs trees. It does have three leaves-but there are other plants with three leaves that won't give you a rash.

Horticulturists say people should look for leaflets with the middle leaf on a longer stem.

The other two leaves are directly attached to the main stem.
and it grows on a brown branch-not a green one.
more than 90% of people are allergic to poison ivy.

"A poison ivy rash is different from a bug bite in that it will start out just being red and irritated and then blisters will actually raise up and people say those blisters will spread and they must be spreading the oil, but really it just takes awhile for the reaction to occur,"said Charlie, Horticulturist, Kansas State University.

There is a lotion called ivy block you can put on before going into the woods.
You can also remove the poison ivy plant by pulling it out of the ground, or using herbicide specifically for killing brush.

 
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