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Summer is here, and with it comes warm weather and time spent in the yard or garden. Usually that time is enjoyable and can even be productive. One thing to watch out for, though, is toxicodendron. What is toxicodendron, you ask? Well, you’re right to ask, because that’s the genus name of a species of plants – the name comes from two Greek words that are directly translated “poison tree”.

More commonly known as poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac, these pesky plants excrete urushiol, which can be extremely irritating to your skin, causing an allergic reaction. Of course, there are other potential hazards from burning these plants or otherwise getting them into your body.

It’s important to learn what these plants look like so that you can identify them easily. Identifying them is the first step toward protecting yourself from them or avoiding them completely. This blog post includes a picture of poison ivy, but a simple google search can also help you become more familiar with what toxicodendron looks like.

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