The Best Way to Kill Poison Ivy


Poison ivy, also known as poison creeper, three-leaved poison and other names, grows natively along fencerows, roadsides and other areas that are not well cultivated. For those allergic to the plant, an encounter can leave them with a simple itch or a life-threatening situation, depending on exposure. Poison ivy grows in all areas of the United States and is difficult to eradicate once established.

Step 1

Choose a hot, sunny day to spray the poison ivy with chemicals. Wear clothing that completely covers your body, i.e., long sleeves, pants, socks and shoes.

Step 2

Mix the brush-control herbicide in the sprayer according to label instructions. When choosing an herbicide, read the label to ensure that it is effective against poison ivy.

Step 3

Set the nozzle of the spray to a wide spray angle. Pump the sprayer.

Step 4

Spray each leaf of the poison ivy plant. The chemicals in the herbicide will be absorbed by the leaves and carried throughout the plant.

Step 5

Repeat the application of the herbicide as needed to kill any new poison ivy that may appear.

Things You'll Need

  • Full-body covering
  • Chemical sprayer
  • Brush control herbicide


  • Michigan State University: Poison Ivy Control
  • University of Wisconsin: Poison Ivy Identification and Control (PDF)
  • University of Oklahoma: Poison Ivy
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