Climbing ivy is beautiful in appearance as it wraps around a home, but if left untamed, the ivy will leave ugly stains on the facade of the home. The suckers of the vine leave a stain on the exterior walls and can creep into windows, tearing the window screens. Removing ivy is a tedious process, but it is not an impossible task.
Cut the ivy using pruning shears. The ivy should be cut in smaller, manageable sections.
Start at the top of the ivy and peel off each section in a downward motion. You may need to climb on a ladder to reach above the ivy.
Scrape any remaining vines from the house using a wire brush. Move the brush in a circular motion to remove dead vines and suckers.
Remove any stains by using a scrub brush and warm, soapy water. If this method does not remove all of the stains, a pressure washer may be needed. Pressure washers can be rented and should be used only according to directions.
Spray a herbicide on the ivy stem and pull it from the ground after it dies. Over-the-counter herbicides that are specifically formulated for aggressive growing plants can be purchased at a lawn and garden supply store.