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Poison Oak Eradication
Whatever you do, don't burn it, or those toxic oils will be released into the air. According to your county extension service, the best way to get rid of poison oak in your area is to pull it or poison it. If you are going to pull it, be aware that severe contact dermitis could occur. You will have to wear cotton clothing, even over gardening gloves, and wash the clothing and your shoes afterward. If it comes into contact with your skin, you must use isopropryl alcohol or soap and not have any more contact with the poison oak for at least six hours afterward. Or use glyphosate, the active ingredient in Round-Up, to get rid of it. Either way, make sure you bag it up and take it off your property. To keep it from coming back, the best thing to do is plant a cultivated border near the woods. Poison oak doesn't like competition. Cultivating a garden bed at the edge of your property should take care of the problem completely in about two years.