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Posted on: July 17, 2021

Don't Let Poison Ivy Ruin Your Summer

How to spot, avoid and treat poison ivy.

Our crews do their best to eradicate poison ivy when it’s found near park equipment or trails. Unfortunately, it often grows in wooded, natural areas that are not maintained by staff. Here’s more information on spotting, avoiding, and treating poison ivy. 

How Poison Ivy Spreads

Poison ivy emits an oil called urushiol, which is responsible for the itchy rash you get on contact. It can attach to your skin with just one touch or be transferred on something like clothes or your pet's fur.

How To Spot Poison Ivy

  • Three-leaved plant, shrub, or ivy vine
  • Occasionally has a shiny appearance
  • Stems do not have thorns
  • Turns a vibrant red in the fall
  • "Leaves of three, leave them be"

How To Treat Poison Ivy

  • If you touched the plant recently, wash the area with soap and water.
  • Wash the clothes and shoelaces you were wearing at the time.
  • Avoid at-home remedies. Instead, go see your doctor.

How Flower Mound Deals With Poison Ivy

The Town of Flower Mound eradicates any poison ivy found near park equipment or on trails. Unfortunately, the plant often grows in wooded, natural areas that are not maintained by the Town.

Never burn poison ivy. Breathing in the toxin can cause serious respiratory damage.

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