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Re: poison ivy and wasps

My reference says that the only "safe" poison ivy leaves are those  
that have dried up and fallen naturally off the plant. I suspect that  
herbicide killed plants would still induce a rash. And whatever you  
do, don't burn those killed plants!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jul 26, 2005, at 12:03 PM, <Chris@widom-assoc.com> wrote:

> Does anyone know if poison ivy vines that are sprayed with  
> herbicide still
> have sap that is poisonous?  Does the intensity of the urushiol  
> diminish
> with time?  I've got a spot in my mom's old garden, that I'm  
> attempting to
> renovate, that has some small poison ivy  "bushes".  They will have  
> to be
> dug out.  I was in there pulling today with plastic bags on my  
> hands, but
> I've reached an impasse.  I threw my shoes and gloves right in the  
> washing
> machine when I decided to quit.
> While I was working some ground nesting wasps or hornets stung me  
> on the
> forehead.  My eye and head still hurt. They had built a paper nest  
> under
> some stone on a low wall. What should I do to get rid of them?  I  
> need to be
> able to remove weeds overgrowing that area, or I'd just let them be.
> Chris Petersen
> Northport, NY
> Zone 7
> chris@widom-assoc.com
> http://photos.yahoo.com/chrispnpt
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