What Is Poison Oak?
Poison oak (Poa spp.) is a type of evergreen tree native to North America. It grows up to 30 feet tall and has large leaves with sharp spines that are used for defense or as weapons against animals such as raccoons and skunks. These trees produce cones which contain toxic alkaloids called quinones, which cause skin irritation when ingested. Quinsy causes severe allergic reactions.
How Does Poison Oak Affect You?
The symptoms of poisoning from poison oak include burning pain at the site of the bite, swelling and redness around the area where it was bitten, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. People may experience weakness, fatigue and chills. Other possible effects include headache, dizziness, confusion and hallucinations. Death can occur within hours if not treated.
Why Do I Need Poison Oak Removal Service?
If you live in a place where poison oak is present, then you need to have poison oak removal service. If you don’t want to pay someone else’s money for removing poison oak, then there are several ways to remove it yourself. There are many methods for removing poison oak including using fire, chemicals and even digging holes and filling them with water.
How Do I Get Poison Oak?
You can get poison oak by touching or brushing against the plant and then touching your skin or eyes. You also can become infected if you eat anything that has come in contact with the plant. Even the smoke of burning poison oak can cause an allergic reaction.
What Can I Do If I Already Have Poison Oak?
If you have come in contact with poison oak, you can take an over-the-counter medication that can help relieve the burning and itching. If you have quinsy, see a doctor immediately.
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So, Why Do I Need To Use The Service Of A Poison Oak Removal Company?
There are several reasons why you definitely need to use the service of a poison oak removal company. First and foremost, you are most likely not a professional in this area and, therefore, you risk infecting yourself even more if you decide to do it yourself or get someone else to do it. Also, there is always the risk that you may accidentally remove some of the plant’s good leaves and berries along with the bad ones. This can have a serious affect on the environment in your area.
You should also know that poison oak removal companies are very common these days not just because people don’t want to get infected but also because they want to protect other plants and trees in the area from being infected as well. Most poison oak removal companies have the right equipment and knowledge to do this.
The last thing that you need to know is that most of these companies offer a wide range of other services such as garbage disposal, tree removal, lawn care etc. Therefore, if you want a company that can take care of all your needs then you should hire one of these.
So, if you want to be safe and have a company that can take care of all your needs then you should hire one of these companies.
What Do These Companies Do?
These companies use pesticides, herbicides, and sometimes even stronger chemicals to get rid of the poison oak from the area. They also usually put a protective barrier around the area to make sure that none of the chemicals seep into the soil and affect the other plants in the area.
So, If I Get One Of These Companies To Do The Job Then That’s It Right?
Well, not exactly. Even if one of these companies does a great job at removing all traces of poison oak from the area you still need to make sure that you, your kids or the pets do not come into contact with it in the future. You can do this by putting up a protective barrier or simply not going into that area at all.
So, How Much Is This Going To Set Me Back?
The price of the job will vary depending on the size of the area to be cleared and if you want them to also do the protective barriers or not. The average price is between $1500 and $3500 but can go as high as $7500 for a large area.
So, If I’m Hiring One Of These Companies To Do The Job, What Do I Need To Do?
First of all you will need to figure out the size of the area that needs to be cleared. Once you have figured that out you can either do it yourself by using one of the many online calculators or you can contact a professional and give them all the information they require. If you do contact a professional then they will be able to give you a price and also help you with the protective barriers as well.
In most cases the best option is to contact a professional as they will have the necessary equipment to test what is in the soil and will be able to do it much faster than you could.
So, Before Hiring One Of These Companies You Should Contact More Than One Right?
Yes, you should definitely contact more than one company so that you have a good idea about the price range as well as the size of the areas they will be clearing. Try to contact at least three so that you have a better idea about what prices are available and the size of the areas that can be cleared in that price range.
Once you have all this information you will be able to make a better decision about which company to hire.
So, I’ve Made A Decision About Which Company To Hire, What Do I Do Next?
Once you have decided on a particular company all you have to do is contact them and explain the situation to them. Tell them about the size of the area and whether or not you want protective barriers as well. They will then be able to provide you with a quote which may or may not be the price that you saw on their website.
In most cases, they will be able to get the job done much faster than if you were to hire someone yourself so it’s still worth the money that you spend.
Sounds Good, So Who Do You Recommend?
Well as I said at the beginning, I don’t want to seem biased towards any company so I’m not going to name any. However if you do a Google search for ‘Poison Oak Removal Companies (Your City Name)’ then you will find several listed on the first page. Not all of these companies will be based in your area but there should be enough for you to find at least a few in your area. From there, you can decide which company you want to hire.
My Final Thoughts…
Hopefully this guide has helped you in some way. All I can really say now is good luck and best of luck in your future endeavors.
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Occupational poison ivy and oak dermatitis by WL Epstein – Dermatologic clinics, 1994 – derm.theclinics.com
Poison ivy, oak, and sumac dermatitis. by NP Lee, ER Arriola – Western Journal of Medicine, 1999 – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov