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Poison ivy

Poison ivy usually has three wide spoon like leaves but it can have more! It can climb like a vine or grow low to the ground spreading through grass and ivy. 

I’m sure most of us know how irritating a poison ivy rash can be. This rash is caused by an oil found in the plant. The itchy, blistering rash often does not start until 12-72 hours after you come in contact with the plant. If you do come in contact with poison ivy there are a few things you can do to treat the rash at home:

  1. Wash the area with cool soapy water and rubbing alcohol.
  2. Wash all clothes and materials that have come in contact with the poison ivy. The oil from the poison ivy can last for years so failure to clean everything properly could result in another outbreak later.
  3. Over the counter cortisone cream and/or calamine lotion can help to ease the itch and dry the rash out. 

The rash should resolve its self in a couple weeks, but with anything if you have swelling, trouble breathing or swallowing, go to an emergency room immediately! 

Do you have poison ivy growing in your yard? If so we can help you remove it!

VistaScapes is a Complete Home Services division providing Landscape Design, Installation, Maintenance, Fertilization, Sod Installation, Turf Seeding, Mulching, Lot Cleanup, Erosion Control and Retaining walls.  Serving Union County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia and Towns County Georgia. For your Home Maintenance needs visit our Complete Home Services website at www.CompleteHomeServicesUSA.com

Copperheads

It’s getting hot here in the North Georgia Mountains which means snakes have become a little more active in search of shady spots. The Copperhead snake can be found almost everywhere in the state of Georgia and is listed as one of the six most dangerous snakes! A Copperhead bite is almost never fatal to an adult, but can still be extremely painful, they can however be fatal to animals and small children. In fact Copperheads bite more people per year in the U.S. compared to any other snake!

 

There are five sub-species of Copperhead snakes and 3 of them are in Georgia. Since many share overlapping territories they will often cross breed. It is more likely to find one with traits from several sub-species. The good news though is that all of Georgia’s copperheads are close in appearance. If you can learn to identify one you can easily identify them all. The adult length of a Copperhead is 2 to over 3 feet in the wild. Most of them will have a light tan/brown color overlaid by darker cross bands that look like a hour glass or a Hershey kiss from the side. It is important to note though that not all will have a copper colored head. This snake is mostly active during the evening time so if you see one move away because they are very aggressive!

 

The chances of you coming into contact with a snake can be greatly reduced by keeping nearby bushes, leaves or other shrubbery trimmed so they don’t have as much shade to hide in.

 

 

If you need help keeping your bushes or shrubbery trimmed give us a call today to schedule your next landscape service and keep the snakes away!

 

VistaScapes is a Complete Home Services division providing Landscape Design, Installation, Maintenance, Fertilization, Sod Installation, Turf Seeding, Mulching, Lot Cleanup, Erosion Control and Retaining walls.  Serving Union County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia and Towns County Georgia. For your Home Maintenance needs visit our Complete Home Services website at www.CompleteHomeServicesUSA.com