Poison ivy spreading in Chesapeake neighborhood

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by Joe Flanagan, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 6:01 PM

CHESAPEAKE -- Paul Pompier caught a bad case of poison ivy in his West Chester Estates neighborhood in Chesapeake.

When he began to investigate, he found it everywhere.

Horticulturalists at Norfolk Botanical Garden told us the plants thrive on green gases, and the rainy weather has contributed this year too.

"Well, there's a spot there, and then I came on out to the road and it's growing out along the road," Pompier said as he walked around his neighborhood.

The poisonous plant was everywhere around his home.

"It's actually a clump of poison ivy growing out into the road.  So, if you were to drop something, pick it up or even get it on your shoes, you get that poison oil on your shoes and don't even know it.  You can transfer it to your skin," Pompier said.     

Pompier repeated a saying to help remember which plants are poison ivy: "Leaves of three, let it be."

"And so, anything that comes in contact with the poison ivy that's on the leaves, that poison oil it can get on you. It can get on your clothes, it can get on your sports equipment, and it will stay there for a long, long time," added Pompier.

A light went on for Pompier's neighbor went he showed her how bad the poison ivy was near her home.

"I am not originally from this area, and I had no idea that the poison ivy was that bad," said Phoebe Morrow.        

 

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