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One common cause of such a rash is poison ivy, which spreads underground and through seeds that are dropped by birds and small animals that have eaten the berries.
For people who are unsure how to identify poison ivy and are counting numbers-of-leaves to determine which plants to pull or spray, it may be best to take or email a photo of any suspicious plant to your local Extension office for identification.
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Czarnota also dispels some misconceptions about the plant by saying that poison ivy "may grow as a small shrub or as a high climbing vine" and that leaf edges may "have either smooth, toothed, or lobed margins."
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After an exact identification has been made, controlling the poison ivy is the next step.
For poison ivy that pops up in lawns or other mowed areas, Czarnota explains that simply keeping it mowed will eventually eradicate the vines.
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When herbicides are needed to control a larger vine or patch, follow instructions outlined in Czarnota's publication (linked near the top of this blog post).
The publication describes three chemical options, the situations in which to use each, and how to achieve the best success while not injuring nearby plants.
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The GA Faces article "Cut and spray to control tough, weedy vines like poison ivy and greenbrier", by UGA Extension's Paul Pugleise, provides additional information about controlling poison ivy in the landscape.