truck load of poison Ivy

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawndreamer, Jul 19, 2003.

  1. lawndreamer

    lawndreamer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I have a truck load of bushes that have cut two weeks ago monday. In that it has poison ivy. When I cut them I wound up doing time in the local hospital because I had a bad allergic reaction to the Ivy and it became infected. I wonder now that I'm healed up and the stuff has been dead sitting in my truck for two weeks now If I'm safe to unload it. Anyone have any Idea what would u do?
  2. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Push the button on the dash and dump it.... LOL......

    Im not sure what to tell you. More than likely, the oils are still all over the place. I would def. wear gloves/pants, and just be careful about touching the bed of the truck. Im not sure how long the oils linger though......
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    just a long handle rake and push out, and also a long handle brush to clean it out.

    But seriously, as posted above, I have no idea how long the oils stay around. Maybe just take it too a power wash place and triple wash it. That might help
  4. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    I have come down with quite the case even though the vines had been dead for quite awhile. If you had that bad of reaction the first time, would be dang carefull.
  5. ParkerLawn

    ParkerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 512

    You can still get poison ivy even after it has been cut and died out. If you have a bad allergic reaction around it, I would find another solution to unloading it or go ahead and reserve you a room with a good view at the hospital.LOL Seriously though, find someone who would understand your situation and pay them accordingly to help you out. If you have employees, put them on it and make sure they use rakes to push it out so they aren't handling it either. After it is dumped, go to the car wash and soak that baby down.
  6. yardmonkey

    yardmonkey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    ParkerLawn is telling you right. The active oil (urushiol) is still present and active long after the plant is dead and dry. And it is measured in micrograms (millionths of a gram). It doesn't take much to get you. Yeah you want to wash the truck out good and make sure your tools are clean too. It can even get you from tiny amounts that are on boots or other clothing. I suspect that the oil must break down eventually though....
  7. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    If you have to do it, wear long pants ,sleves and gloves. As soon as your through trow out the gloves,shower and wash the clothes. Learn to regocnize poison ivy and stay out of it. Leave those jobs to someone unaffected by it.(or someone who doesn't know what it is.
  8. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    Whatever you do, do not touch it again. Poisin ivy oils can last up to a few years and still cause a break out. Get th elongest handled rake you can find and try to get it out like that then wash the back of your truck out with a Degreaser to get all the oils out.
  9. Tbarchaser

    Tbarchaser LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 449

    Is it a standard pickup? if so... drop the tailgate and drive like you stole it!
  10. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,938

    If ever I saw a good reason to hire a day-laboror through a temp service....
    Crawdad, just kidding, of course ;) actually, I could unload that for you, I have no allergies.

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