It never fails. I get Poison Ivy or Pi. I have a few spots on my leg that are questionable. I am using the Jewelweed Soap on them. Absorbine Junior helps with the itch except when you scratch them..then it burns like fire..but a good feeling fire cause it burns out the itch. Usually if I make it past the 4th of July I can avoid the really bad outbreaks. Years ago I got the Pi shots and I could escape completely. Since the idiots in the FDA took them off the market I am resigned to the fact that I will have to suffer with at least one bad outbreak..maybe two. Chance picks up Pi on his fur and shares.
We sprayed along our drive and property borders last night. In Minnesota you are SUPPOSED to keep it under control along your driveway..where someone could inadvertently touch it. Let me tell you..in Minnesota we can grow some really tall Pi. We use Round Up on it for a quick kill. I like to wait for a really warm day when the plants are working hard to photosynthesize and then hit them with Round up..the results are evident in a few days. I also like to wait for a day when I am really cranky..when killing something like Pi makes me feel better. I know I am a twisted sick old woman.
Poison Ivy is a specially regulated plant. This is what the Minnesota Department of Agriculture says about it:
Must be eradicated or controlled for public safety along rights-of-ways, trails, public accesses, business properties open to the public or on parts of lands where public access for business or commerce is granted. Must also be eradicated or controlled along property boarders when requested by adjoining landowners.
In my experience, you can dig it up..or you can kill it with Round Up. I have less chance of getting it standing back four feet with a sprayer:)