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Poison ivy growing out of control

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David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Watch where you walk and what you touch because Poison Ivy is growing faster, bigger and more potent than ever thanks to higher levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.

Globally the itchy, infectious plant has more than doubled in numbers over the past 60 years and is expected to double again by the end of the century. Plants take in carbon dioxide as part of their lifecycle and that includes poison ivy.

Unfortunately poison ivy is hard to kill and even when it appears dormant or leafless the vine itself can cause a rash. Experts say if you are exposed to poison ivy rinse the area immediately with rubbing alcohol followed by water. Wipe off shoes and surfaces exposed and wash clothes, separately. Your dog or cat can expose you to poison ivy if their fur has been in contact with it.

Finally, be careful what goes into that bonfire you build. Logs and brush that have poison ivy mixed in will create smoke particles that can result in problems for your throat and lungs.

 

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