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Ten best home remedies for poison ivy

While poison ivy rash eventually clears up on its own, the itching associated with the rash can be difficult to bear, and can even impact on sleep.

The following poison ivy remedies may provide relief from symptoms:

1. Rubbing alcohol

Rubbing alcohol can remove the urushiol oil from the skin, helping to minimize discomfort.

People should do this as soon as possible after contact with poison ivy, particularly within the first 10 minutes of exposure. If going camping or hiking, it is a good idea to carry alcohol wipes at all times.

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advise that urushiol can remain on the surface of most items that come into contact with poison ivy, sometimes for years, unless treated with rubbing alcohol or water.

Rubbing alcohol is available for purchase online.

2. Shower or bathe

Thoroughly wash the skin, and under the fingernails, with plain soap and lukewarm water to remove plant oils. Water can be used instead of rubbing alcohol, although it is best to use alcohol first and then shower or bathe.

It’s believed that showering within 60 minutes of exposure may help limit the spread and severity of the rash.

Wash anything that comes into contact with the plant. People should wear rubber gloves when doing this.

3. Cold compress

Cool, wet compresses can help to reduce itching and inflammation.

To make a compress, run a clean washcloth under cold water. Wring off excess water. Apply to the skin for 15 to 30 minutes. Repeat this several times a day as needed.

Some people find relief by soaking the compress in an astringent liquid to further reduce swelling and itching. Examples of astringent liquids include aluminum acetate, apple cider vinegar, and chilled black tea.

4. Resist scratching the skin

Scratching the skin can lead to an infection. It may also cause blisters to burst, which may then become infected.

Blisters that do open should be left alone, as the skin covering the wound can provide protection and reduce the risk of infection.

Unscrubbed fingernails may also contain traces of urushiol, which can be transmitted to the skin through scratching. This can lead to further itching and a more severe poison ivy rash.

5. Topical lotions and creams

Share on PinterestOver-the-counter creams and lotions may help to relieve the symptoms of a poison ivy rash.

Several lotions that can help relieve the symptoms of a mild poison ivy rash are available without a prescription.

Hydrocortisone creams and calamine lotion are two products commonly used to reduce itching and swelling.

The FDA advise that products containing zinc acetate, zinc carbonate, and zinc oxide treat the oozing and weeping caused by poison ivy. Users should always apply these products as per the instructions on the label.

Aloe vera gel, taken from the aloe vera plant, is another soothing topical poison ivy remedy.

6. Oral antihistamines

Oral antihistamines lessen the severity of allergic reactions, thereby reducing itching and rash. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is one example that may also help some people sleep better through their symptoms.

It is not advisable to apply antihistamine cream to the rash, as it may make itching worse.

7. Oatmeal bath

According to research, oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that benefit a variety of inflammatory skin conditions.

Adding oatmeal or an oatmeal-based product to a lukewarm bath is a simple poison ivy remedy. Soaking in the tub for up to 30 minutes may provide symptom relief.

8. Bentonite clay

Bentonite clay is a popular natural clay used in a variety of beauty and personal care products.

Some people report relief from poison ivy rash after applying a paste of bentonite clay and water to the affected area.

Research suggests that using a modified version of bentonite clay (quaternium-18 bentonite) effectively prevents or reduces the allergic contact dermatitis caused by poison ivy and poison oak.

9. Baking soda

Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is a salt that is mainly used in baking. However, it is also used as a natural cleaning agent and as a home remedy for various ailments.

Adding a cup of baking soda to the tub is recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology for relief from poison ivy rash.

10. Medication

In addition to natural and home-based poison ivy remedies, medications are available to offer symptom relief. Steroid drugs, such as prednisone, can be prescribed by a doctor to ease itching and inflammation.

These steroid medications come in a variety of forms including:

  • creams
  • gels
  • injections
  • lotions
  • tablets

Antibiotics may sometimes be necessary if an infection develops due to scratching the skin or picking at blisters.

Poison Ivy Home Remedy Relief – LiveHealth Online

Poison ivy is nearly impossible to avoid if you and your kids love the outdoors. You can try at home remedies to treat poison ivy and help ease the pain (and the itch!) with simple ingredients from the garden and pantry.

Make sure that before trying out any of these remedies you first wash the area with soap and water thoroughly, along with any affected clothing.

  1. Cover the rash with a paste made from cold coffee and baking soda. First put about a half a cup baking soda in a bowl and slowly add cool coffee to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to your blisters to remove the poison.
  2. Take a warm bath with oatmeal or Epsom salt. Use about one cup of oatmeal or two cups of Epsom salt in a full bathtub.
  3. Rub a banana peel or a watermelon rind over the rash and don’t rinse it off. Allow it to dry naturally. This will help get relief from the itchiness caused by the rash.
  4. Make a paste from one tablespoon of turmeric root powder with equal parts of lime or lemon juice and apply to the affected area. This spice has great anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
  5. Whip a potato into a paste in your blender. Spread it onto your skin and cover with plastic wrap. Potato is an anti-inflammatory, which makes it an effective home remedy to heal poison ivy.

If these homemade remedies aren’t enough and you’re experiencing extreme discomfort or a spreading rash, you can have an online doctor chat using LiveHealth Online.

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Poison Ivy Control: How To Get Rid Of Poison Ivy

If ever there was a bane to the home gardener, it would be poison ivy. This highly allergenic plant can cause itchy rashes, painful blisters and uncomfortable burning on the skin. Poison ivy can easily make a previously pleasant shade garden into a garden nightmare. This leads many gardeners to wonder about how to get rid of poison ivy. Let’s take a look at how to kill poison ivy and keep it from coming back into your garden.

How to Get Rid of Poison Ivy

If poison ivy has already made a home in your garden, you are probably looking for an effective poison ivy killer. Unfortunately, killing poison ivy is not any easy task, but it can be done if you know how to do it.

The first thing you must decide is if you wish to use organic or chemical poison ivy control. Both methods of killing poison ivy are effective, but chemical poison ivy control will be quicker.

Note: Chemical control should only be used as a last resort, as organic approaches are more environmentally friendly.

Organic Poison Ivy Control

The most difficult thing about how to get rid of poison ivy is that the whole plant must be eliminated. If any of the root survives, the poison ivy plant will come back. Killing poison ivy organically means that you will need to pull the plant out of the ground, roots and all.

The best time to do this will be right after a good rain. The ground will be soft and the poison ivy roots will come out more easily when you pull the plant out. When using this method for poison ivy control, make sure that you wear heavy gloves, long sleeve clothing and wash thoroughly afterwards to prevent getting a poison ivy rash.

Also, do not touch bare skin with anything that has touched the poison ivy. The poison ivy contains oils that are easily transferred from objects, like gloves to skin. For this reason, even organic gardeners may want to forgo organic methods and use chemicals to avoid the possibility of painful rashes. It can be very easy to forget and rub one’s face while pulling out poison ivy.

Even with the most careful weeding, some of the poison ivy roots will remain. At the first sign of regrowth, pull the poison ivy plants again. This will, over time, sap the strength of the plant so it cannot regrow.

Boiling water is also an effective poison ivy killer. If the area where you will be killing poison ivy has no other plants you wish to keep, pour boiling water over the poison ivy plant. Boiling water will kill any part of a plant that it comes in contact with, so be careful using this around desirable plants.

Killing poison ivy with chemical herbicides is faster than organic pulling, but even the strongest herbicides must be applied several times before being able to fully eradicate poison ivy.

Both glyphosate and triclopyr herbicides are both good poison ivy killers. The best way in how to get rid of poison ivy with these herbicides is to apply the herbicide to the leaves of the poison ivy plant.

Like pulling, the poison ivy will regrow, as even the most powerful herbicide will not kill all of the roots. But as the poison ivy plant regrows, spray the herbicide on any new growth. A few applications on new growth will deplete the poison ivy plant’s ability to regrow and the plant will die back completely.

7 Ways To Kill Poison Ivy Without Using Roundup

7 ways to get rid of Poison Ivy and Poison Oak without using harsh and toxic chemical sprays. Listed in order of distance from and contact potential with plant.

  1. Graze a goat there. Spanish and Angora goats are especially fond of poison ivy.
  2. Vinegar spray. White vinegar will kill poison ivy, though it might take a few days to notice. Fill your garden sprayer with straight, undiluted white vinegar and take aim at the poison ivy leaves and crowns. Try not to soak the ground, since it will result in inhospitable acidity in the soil. If you want, you can use calcitic lime to neutralize any vinegar in the soil afterwards.
  3. Salt, water, and natural soap spray. Mix 1 gallon of water with 3 lbs of salt until well dissolved, add 1/4 cup of natural dish soap. Spray poison ivy leaves. This solution could also kill other plants in the area, so take care not to over do it.
  4. Gin Spray. Mix 1 oz gin, 1 oz apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon baby shampoo, 1 quart water. Spray onto leaves and crown during hot part of the day. Should be dead by the next day.
  5. Burn the roots with boiling water. A good option if you just have a few stubborn plants or vines in flowerbeds or near walkways. Take your tea kettle full of boiling water and slowly drizzle on the very base of the plant. This might take a few applications over a few days, but will eventually do the trick.
  6. Smother it. Using cardboard (best option) or newspaper, cover the entire area with cardboard, then cover the cardboard with straw, wood chips, or grass clippings to keep the cardboard in place.
  7. Pull it out. The fastest and most effective (and most dangerous) way to get rid of it is by pulling, or chopping it out with a maddock. Make sure if you chop it out that you get down about 8 inches and pull the vines and all the roots out too. Fifteen percent of people are not allergic to poison ivy. So unless you are one of the lucky few, wear gloves and wash thoroughly afterward!

Poison ivy can quickly turn a pleasant shaded garden into a nightmare. This plant is highly allergenic, causing itchy blistering rashes and it is not a plant you want in your yard or garden; however poison ivy isn’t always easy to get rid of.

There are a lot of chemical poison ivy killers available through garden supply stores and websites, but it can difficult to know which ones work and which are just a waste of time and money. That’s why we’ve compiled this handy one-stop guide to the best poison ivy killers on the market.

We’ve taken the guess work out of your gardening so you can attack that pesky plant head on and get back to enjoying your yard.

Top 10 Poison Ivy Killers Table

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Getting rid of poison ivy is not an easy task, but it can be done with the right weed killer and some basic knowledge.

Non-Chemical Poison Ivy Control

While it is possible to rid your yard of poison ivy without the use of chemical herbicide, organic methods take copious amounts of time and effort. The most difficult part of eliminating poison ivy is that the whole plant must be destroyed. Without the use of toxic chemicals, you will have to use a lot of elbow grease to pull the plant out of the ground, roots and all. However, even with the most careful weeding, it is still possible to miss some underground parts of the plant. If even the tiniest bit remains, the plant will sprout new growth and need to be pulled again.

Chemical Poison Ivy Control

Chemical herbicides work much faster and with less personal effort. The drawback is that many of these chemicals kill desirable plants as well as poison ivy. Some of them are also toxic to humans, so careful handling is necessary. You will want to wear long sleeves as well as protective gloves and be certain to launder clothing separately from the regular family wash.

Herbicides that contain glyphosate, triclopyr, or a three-way herbicide that contains 2,4-D amine, dicamba and mecoprop work best on eliminating poison ivy and inhibiting regrowth. Optimal time for application of these pesticides is in late spring and early summer as the poison ivy plants are in their active growth phase.

Be prepared to repeat application if necessary. Even the most powerful herbicide won’t be able to reach all the roots. Depending on weather and outside temperature, it may take several days or even weeks to see if your removal efforts have been successful. If you see any new growth, respray. Repeated application on new growth will eventually cause this stubborn plant to die back completely.

Top 3 Best Poison Ivy Killer Reviews

This is a broad spectrum, non-selective herbicide. Incredibly effective on poison ivy, this herbicide also kills any vegetation it encounters, so you will want to exercise strict caution during application. You won’t want any excess spray to drift onto your lawn, shrubs, or trees. However, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a chemical herbicide that works better or faster on poison ivy.

With Spectracide’s fast-acting formula, you’ll see results in as little as three hours. The chemical herbicide enters the plant through the leaves and then works down into the roots, killing poison ivy where it is most vulnerable.

The fast effectiveness of this product will make you smile, and when paired with the affordable cost, you’ll have to agree that this is the best poison ivy killer on the market. Just be careful when using around the plants you want to keep.

2. BONIDE PRODUCTS 506 Poison Ivy and Oak Killer

Specially formulated to target poison ivy and poison oak, BONIDE Poison Ivy and Oak Killer is fast and effective, but won’t harm your lawn. It is even safe to use on poison ivy growing amongst other ornamental plants including English ivy.

With this product, weeds die gradually, but you’ll begin to see results in just a few days. Don’t be put off by the bright bluish-green color or pungent smell, this stuff really works. It also comes in a convenient clog-resistant spray bottle for easy application. It doesn’t get much easier than this. Just remember to wear protective gloves. You don’t want this poison ivy killer on your skin.

3. Roundup Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer

Specially formulated to penetrate the tough waxy leaves of hard-to-kill plants like poison ivy, this Roundup product kills plants all the way down to the roots. It won’t take long to know that it’s working. You’ll see proof in less than 24 hours.

It comes concentrated, so you will have to mix it in water before application, but you’ll have ample product for treating or retreating large areas. It also works on other invasive vines like poison oak, poison sumac, wild blackberry, and kudzu.

Roundup stands behind this product. They offer a money-back consumer guarantee. If you aren’t completely satisfied, just send them proof of purchase, and they will refund your money. You won’t need the consumer guarantee, though. This product tears through poison ivy and kills it dead as a rock.

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One of the reasons that poison ivy is so hard to kill it that you have to eliminate the whole plant, down to the root. That’s not always easy to do.

Because poison ivy can cause severe reactions including a red, itchy rash, getting in there and pulling the roots isn’t really a good option. That’s why the best poison ivy killer is the way to go.

Let’s take a look at some strategies for eliminating this pest and some of the best products available to get rid of it for good.

How to Get Rid of Poison Ivy Plants?

Poison ivy is really hard to get rid of which is why it’s important to think through your approach before you get started. Here are some different methods to try.

A lot of people prefer organic treatments when it comes to controlling problematic plants. The problem with poison ivy, though, it that you have to eliminate the root and this is not an ordinary plant. Reaching in and pulling the roots out of the round can have a lot of consequences, particularly if you’re severely allergic to it.

If you want to attempt to remove poison ivy organically, the best time to try it when the ground is really wet after a rainy period. The roots will come out of the ground more easily because the ground is so soft.

It’s very important to properly prepare for this. That means using the right protective equipment. Wear thick gloves, long pants, and long sleeves. You shouldn’t have any skin exposed when you’re digging around in poison ivy.

Poison ivy contains oils that stick to fabric and can then be transferred to your skin so be very careful when removing your clothes. If you accidentally rub your face or brush your gloves against your arm, there’s a good chance you’ll break out in a rash.

Additionally, you may also have to pull the weeds a few times to kill the plant. If new growth occurs, pull the plants again and again until they stop coming back.

It’s for these reasons, a lot of people who prefer organic methods still go for chemical treatments when it comes to poison ivy.

Chemical treatments work much faster than organic methods. They’re also more effective in the long run. You may need to apply the brush killer a few times to kill the whole plant but it will eventually kill the whole root and the plant will stop growing back.

Most of these treatments are applied to the waxy leaves of the poison ivy plant. From there, the poison soaks into the leaves and goes through the plant to kill the roots.

The 10 Best Poison Ivy Killers on the Market

There are a lot of great options when it comes to killing poison ivy. Some come ready to use while others are concentrated and have to be diluted with water before application. Here are some of the best-rated, most effective options available.

Pictures Poison Ivy Killers Sizes Links
Roundup 5203980 Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer 1.33 Gallon
Bonide Products 506 Poison Oak and Ivy Killer 32 Oz
Ortho MAX Poison Ivy and Tough Brush Killer 32 Oz
Roundup Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer Concentrate 32 Oz
Southern Ag 100520254 Crossbow Specialty Herbicide 1 Gallon
Southern Ag Surfactant for Herbicides Non-Ionic 1 Gallon
BioAdvanced 704655A Brush Killer 1 Gallon
Brushtox Brush Killer with Triclopyr 32 Oz
64 Oz
Voluntary Purchasing Group Hi-Yield 11484 Brush Killer Stump Killer 16 Oz
Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate 16, 32, 40, 64 Oz

Best Poison Ivy Killer Reviews

1. Roundup 5203980 Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer

Out first pick is this product from Roundup, a well-known brand when it comes to killing weeds and other plant pests. It’s specially formulated with two powerful ingredients to work on the waxy leaves that are so difficult to penetrate. Then, it makes its way to the root, killing the whole plant.

This formula is convenient and easy to use. It comes pre-mixed with an extension wand that allows for precise application with no bending over, awkward reaching, or hand fatigue. One bottle treats up to 400 square feet.

All you have to do is spray the leaves on the poison ivy plant until they’re thoroughly saturated. This stuff is really powerful, though, so make sure to protect any other plants from exposure. This formula is rainproof in about 30 minutes and gives you results in about 24 hours.

For best results, spray when the wind isn’t blowing to avoid getting it on healthy plants and wear necessary protective gear. This product includes a money-back guarantee. If it doesn’t work or you’re not satisfied for any reason, Roundup will refund your money.

2. Bonide Products 506 Poison Oak and Ivy Killer

Next up is this spray from Bonide that kills not only poison ivy but other hard manage broadleaf plants like dandelion, thistle, and stinging nettle. This formula uses Trimec, a fast and effective herbicide that destroys plant pests from the leaves to the roots.

Something really great about this one is that it’s so easy to use. It comes ready-to-use in a spray bottle. The adjustable nozzle gives you control over application plus it goes on purple so you can clearly see where you’ve sprayed and where you haven’t. Use the “spray” setting for precision or the “mist” setting for broader coverage.

This spray is so effective that some people reported it killed poison ivy permanently as in it didn’t return the next year. When used properly, it won’t damage your lawn or other plants. Use a bit of caution, though, as the spray bottle has a tendency to leak.

3. Ortho MAX Poison Ivy and Tough Brush Killer

If you have a lot of really tough poison ivy, poison oak, wild blackberries, or kudzu to kill, take a look at this spray from Ortho MAX. It’s formulated to take care of more than 60 different types of weeds and brush and can even tackle woody plants, vines, and stumps.

This is a concentrated formula that should be applied using a tank sprayer or by adding a hose-end sprayer to your garden hose. It’s a great way to cover large areas of growth and is so effective, it keeps plants from coming back for years.

While this spray is rainproof after a few hours, it’s best to wait until the forecast is clear for a day or two to really allow the poison ivy killer to penetrate the leaves and get to work on the plant. You should also wear gloves and other protective gear during each application.

4. Roundup Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer Concentrate

Another effective option that’s meant to be used in a sprayer is this Roundup concentrate. It combines two brush-killing ingredients and is extremely effective against poison ivy as well as poison oak, poison sumac, and other invasive plants,

This formula works by penetrating the waxy leaves of these hard-to-kill plants and working its way down into the root. It’s concentrated which makes it ideal for covering large areas. In fact, a single bottle treats up to 1,500 square feet.

Read the label to determine the concentration then add the appropriate amount of water. You will need to use a sprayer for application and Roundup has several different sizes available.

Apply to poison ivy that is actively growing when there’s no wind to avoid contaminating healthy plants. After application, this product is rainproof in only 30 minutes. You should see visible results within 24 hours of application.

5. Southern Ag 100520254 Crossbow Specialty Herbicide

Another product that effectively kills poison ivy and many, many other invasive broad-leaf plants is this herbicide from Southern Ag. This one-gallon bottle of concentrate can make up to 96 gallons of spray solution.

One of the great things about this poison ivy killer is it covers a lot of ground. Depending on how strong you mix it, this bottle can cover between ½ and ¾ acre of land. If you’re looking for something to spray along your fences or the roadside or if you need to cover along the edges of large wooded areas, this is a great choice.

An important thing to keep in mind with this product (and all sprays, really) is that you should always use the proper protective gear. Wear gloves, long sleeves, and long pants during application and consider a mask and safety goggles. This is strong stuff!

6. Southern Ag Surfactant for Herbicides Non-Ionic

This next product from Southern Ag isn’t a herbicide, per se. Rather, it’s a surfactant that helps increase the coverage and penetration of any herbicide. If you have a product you like and want to boost its effectiveness, give this product a try.

How does it work? It reduces the tension of the water in any herbicide which allows for uniform coverage and helps it penetrate the leaves and get into the inside of the plant more effectively.

All you have to do is add a teaspoon or so to your herbicide before applying. The label tells you how much to add for some of the most popular types of herbicides. This is a great way to make your poison ivy killer more effective and comes in particularly handy when you have a lot of ground to kill.

7. BioAdvanced 704655A Brush Killer

The brush killer from BioAdvanced works on poison ivy as well as poison oak, blackberry, kudzu, and more than 70 other types of weeds and brush that are difficult to kill. This concentrated formula is so strong, it can even kill stumps.

BioAdvanced Brush Killer gets down to the roots, penetrating the waxy leaves to kill the whole plant down to the roots. This ready-to-use formula comes in a bottle with a spray wand attachment for precise application.

For best results, use cardboard to protect other plants and apply on a day when there’s little to no wind. While this formula is rainfast after a few hours, it’s still best to save the application for a day when there’s no rain in the forecast for peak effectiveness.

The application is a little different for stumps. Cover the stump with undiluted concentrate using a dedicated paintbrush for quick and focused control. Be careful to dispose of the brush properly by wrapping it up and throwing it in the garbage.

8. Brushtox Brush Killer with Triclopyr

If you have really stubborn poison ivy and want something really powerful, take a look at this brush killer from Brushtox. In addition to poison ivy, this formula is also really effective against woody plants like oaks, locust, and sweetgum as well are tough broadleaf plant pests like dog fennel.

This concentrated formula is a great choice for large areas of land. It covers up to an acre and is effective on fencerows, ditch banks, and grass pastures. Be warned, this is a little different than other brush killers. It’s particularly oily and pretty toxic.

That said, take care when applying. It’s recommended that you wear protective equipment. Timing is important, too. Be sure to apply on a dry day and do some research about optimal temperatures for the most effective application.

9. Voluntary Purchasing Group Hi-Yield 11484 Brush Killer Stump Killer

For eliminating poison ivy in around your home or cabin, along a fence, or in any other non-crop areas, check out this brush killer from Voluntary Purchasing Group. Not only does it work on poison ivy, but it’s also powerful enough to tackle woody plants, vines, and even stumps.

Because this is such a powerful formula, it’s best to apply it to leaves with a sprayer so you have more control over the application. Be careful to avoid getting any on your good plants. Using a piece of cardboard to shield them when spraying is recommended.

This formula takes awhile to work but is ultimately very effective, particularly when applied to stumps at the full concentration.

10. Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate

One of the best things about this weed killer from Spectracide is it works fast without causing long term damage. In fact, you can replant new flowers, shrubs, and trees within a few days or grass and sod in about a week. Mix the concentrate and apply with a sprayer to completely cover the waxy poison ivy leaves.

This is a great choice for covering large areas. It’s rainproof in only 30 minutes and you can see visible results in only three hours. For best results, apply in temperatures greater than 60 degrees F and pick a day when it’s not going to rain and the wind is calm. Protect other plans with cardboard to prevent damage.

Another great thing about this product is it comes with a money-back guarantee. You can get details on the label but they guarantee results or your money back. This is appropriate for patios, driveways, and walkways.

What is the Best Poison Ivy Killer?

Although all of these products are great, we think Roundup 5203980 Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer is the best choice. This is a well-known brand with a great reputation that uses two ingredients to kill poison ivy down to the root.

Another great thing about it is it comes ready-to-spray so you don’t have to worry about mixing it. One bottle treats about 400 square feet so it’s perfect for spraying around your backyard. Not only that but you get results in about 24 hours.

Best of all, this product comes with a money-back guarantee so there’s really nothing to lose.

When is the Best Time to Kill Poison Ivy?

When is the best time to kill poison ivy?

Poison ivy tends to start growing around May, depending on the climate where you live. While you might think it’s best to apply the chemical weed killer to the plant before it gets too big, that’s not actually the best approach.

It’s actually better to wait until July or August when the plant has matured and the leaves are fully developed. Why? Because these chemicals are applied directly to the leaves and aren’t as effective when the plant is really young.

When you wait until mid to late summer, the leaves are in energy-production mode and very active. This is the best time to apply the weed killer because it easily makes its way into the plant and down to the roots.

One application is usually enough but two may be necessary. While it might seem inconvenient to wait until later in the summer to eliminate the plant, keep in mind this is usually a long term solution. With the right treatment, the plants will not come back the following year.

As for when to apply the poison ivy killer, it’s best to wait for a dry day. Even though most of these products are rainproof after 30 minutes to a few hours, it’s best to let the chemicals sit on the leaves for as long as possible so the maximum amount of poison makes its way into the plant.

How to Use Poison Ivy Killer?

Every brand of poison ivy killer is a little bit different but there are some basic practices to follow when using chemical plant killers.

Some of these products come ready-to-use so there’s not much you have to do before application. For those that come in concentrated form, follow the directions on the package. You’ll have to add a specific amount of water to each to get the right strength.

When it comes time to apply, wand sprayers are best. Some of these products come in simple spray bottles. While these are really convenient, they don’t give you quite as much control as a wand.

Spray the poison on the leaves of the poison ivy plant and saturate them as much as possible. Keep in mind that poison ivy is hard to kill so these chemicals are really powerful. Avoid any contact with nearby plants. Use a large piece of cardboard to protect them from any spray.

As we mentioned, these poisons are usually rainproof pretty quickly, some formulas claim they’re waterproof in as little as 30 minutes. That said, though, it’s still a good idea to wait until there’s a break in the forecast where there isn’t going to be any rain for a few days. The longer the chemicals stay on the leaves, the better.

Wait until there’s no wind to apply. Any gusts can easily carry the chemicals onto other plants. Wear protective gear including long sleeves, long pants, and gloves. Some people also choose to wear a breathing mask. Follow all the safety instructions on the label.


When it comes to getting rid of poison ivy, you have options. Unfortunately, going organic is not the best way to go. The only way to eliminate a poison ivy plant for good is to kill the root. Getting down on your hands and knees to yank the plant out of the soil carries a lot of risks.

No matter how careful you are, there’s always a chance that you’ll end up breaking out in a rash when trying to uproot the plant. Even if you wear long sleeves, long pants, and gloves, the oils from the plant contaminate your clothes. It can be difficult to prevent any contact with your skin.

Using a chemical plant killer is the way to go. The best killer for poison ivy travels through the leaves to the root of the plant. If it doesn’t work on the first try, a second application is usually enough to prevent the plant from ever coming back.

While the application is pretty much the same for all of these products, each one is a little different. Be sure to follow all of the instructions on the side of the bottle to make sure you’re using the product safely and to get the best results.

While all of these products are effective at getting the job done, we recommend Roundup 5203980 Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer. It’s a convenient, ready-to-use formula that comes with a wand sprayer for easy and precise application. Not to mention, it’s covered by a money-back guarantee.

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