Indianapolis Home Inspector. View on Poison Ivy

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Indianapolis Home Inspector. View on Poison Ivy

  1. 1. Poison Ivy - The Chameleon of PlantsP E R S P E C T I V E S Poison Ivy, Toxicodendron radicans, has many leaflet forms. Sometimes the edges will be almost smooth (Photo 1), but there can be few (Photo 2) or many edge serrations (Photo 3). The defining characteristics, however, are common in all versions: ¾ Compound leaves with three leaflets ¾ Symmetrical center leaflet serrations ¾ Larger serrations at the bottom sides of the two lower leaflets than on their upper sides ¾ Upper leaflet stalk is longer than stalks on the two lower leaflets The vines can vary in color from green to red. Greyish white berries can be found on the plants and birds eat these berries without any problems. Humans, however, can be extremely sensitive to urushiol, the oil in the plant. Provided by: Professionals should remove this plant, but if you choose to remove it, we recommend first spraying with a systemic plant Rob Rehm killer, such as Brush-B-Gon. After it dies back, wear Buyers Protection Group protective clothing and gloves, and place the plants in sealed Licensed Home Inspector plastic bags for disposal - urushiol is still present. Discard Licensed WDO Inspector the gloves and wash remaining clothes, using a hot water NACHI Certified cycle. Urushiol remains wherever located for a long time, i.e., for several years. Never burn this plant - the oil is The Best Inspectors. Anywhere. in the smoke. To place your next order, please call 800-285-3001 We’re working to be your expert--we’re working to earn your business. Photo 1 Photo 3 Photo 2 Home Warranty I Home Inspections I Commercial Inspections I Environmental Home Warranty is offered and administered through BPG Home Warranty Company. ©2010 BPG is a registered trademark of BPG Holdings, LLC.

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