Recommendations for poison ivy removal services?

Milk Glass Chicky

8 Years
Dec 12, 2011
Does anybody have any recommendations from personal experience for trustworthy professional poison ivy removal services for Upstate South Carolina? My family is allergic to the stuff, we have areas that need to be treated (including our driveway that's just infested with the stuff) and I want someone who knows what they're doing, considering we have dogs, chickens, cows etc. on the land and I don't want them paying the price for someone's mistake. What I'm getting at is, my father has someone picked out for this task, they're supposedly "licensed" to do this, but they do this as a "sideline". I'm not sure I can trust this person to do the job right as I know nothing about him (this is my mother and aunt's farm so my father does NOT get to make this decision all by himself even though he's being difficult about this, like he usually is when he wants to save some $$).

I'd feel better if this was done by a full time professional landscaper. Does anybody here know of one, someone who actually removes the poison ivy (especially vines that go up tall trees and has practically become part of the tree itself) besides just spraying it?
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You should just buy a goat. They eat poison ivy, and they can clear it out very effectively, without chemicals. You just tie them in the area you want them to munch on, and they will take care of it! They also help with brush control.
We have that problem here as well. That stuff is so invasive. If you have some goats or know someone that does, set up a temporary fence around the area and let them go at it. They wont completely denude the ground and they will eat the poison ivy down to nothing.

We are slowly clearing our place this way. We are on 10 acres that was completely covered with brush, vines and poison ivey (so thick you have no clue where to start). We cut a line through the brush, set up a fence around a large section of it, and turn the goats loose, within a week or two, its clear enough for us to get in with a machete for the vines and a chain saw for the bigger stuff. I cannot tell you how appreciative my goats are of the browse they eat, or how appreciative I am on them for clearing out for me.

When my helping hand goes to clean up the goats are at his feet the whole time, eating up anything that he takes down so all we are left with are the branches. Makes moving that stuff around so easy.
Once you recognize that you now have a poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac problem around your home, yard or garden industrial complex - call us immediately! Do not attempt to do this yourself. It is always best to remove poison ivy in its earliest signes of development. This successfully can be done anytime during the growing season, be it either spring, summer or fall. Poison ivy rapidly spreads either by surface runner vines, or by self-sowing its seeds, which are dispersed by the natural elements i.e. rain, wind, rodents and birds. For this service you can check this link:

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Whatever means you find to remove the poison ivy from your landscape, DO NOT burn it. The oils from poison ivy can become airborne in the smoke and if you are highly allergic it can cause swelling in the throat. I speak from experience!

Animals that wander thru the plants can pick up the oils on their fur and when you pet them, you can get the oils on your skin causing the allergic reaction.

Digging the plants out before they bloom in the spring is usually the safest means of removing the vines. Your clothes should be washed immediately. The oils are on your clothes and can be a source of spread to other members of the family.

Cutting the vines growing up the tree and removing a 6 inch section will kill the vine above the cut. They will not bloom again. You then pull off and dig out the roots below the cut.

Vigilence is required where poison ivy has been removed. Seeds can lie dormant in the ground and birds will deposit new seeds. New plants will come up each spring. Any time I see a new plant, I place a paper bag over the plant and use a potato fork to loosen the soil. Using the paper bag, I pull up the plant and immediately put in the trash.

Soaps made with tea tree oil help soothe the rash. You can also make a suds and coat your skin, allow it to dry and then wash off after you have been outside irradicating your poison ivy. The rhus oil will then wash off.
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