1: "Identifying Poison Ivy" Learn to recognize the plant's distinctive three-leaf pattern to avoid contact and prevent irritation.

2: "Wear Protective Gear" Before removing poison ivy, put on gloves, long sleeves, and pants to protect your skin.

3: "Tools Needed" Gather pruning shears or a saw for cutting, along with a plastic bag for disposal.

4: "Proper Removal Technique" Cut the vine at the base and carefully pull it away from the tree or shrub.

5: "Dispose of the Plant" Place the poison ivy in a plastic bag and seal it tightly before putting it in the trash.

6: "Clean Up Thoroughly" Wash tools and clothing with soap and water to remove any lingering oils.

7: "Treat Skin Contact" If exposed, wash skin with soap and water and apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream.

8: "Monitor for Regrowth" Regularly check the area for any new poison ivy growth and remove promptly.

9: "Prevention Tips" To prevent future outbreaks, keep trees and shrubs trimmed and be vigilant for new plants.