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Michigan's Poison Ivy crop this year is booming


POISON IVY (WKZO) -- Here is something else to be concerned about if you spend a lot of time enjoying the outdoors during summer.

The same favorable weather conditions this spring that produced a bumper crop of mosquitoes and ticks has apparently been great for the cultivation of Poison Ivy.

Rebecca Finneran at the Michigan State University Extension service says the cold winter may have taken out some invasive species but native plants like poison ivy have thrived on the wet spring weather.

The oil it secretes is what causes the allergic reaction in most people.

A small percentage may have no reaction, others may blister and itch and for some, it can affect their ability to breath and swallow. They should seek medical care.

It may not kill you, but it can make your life miserable.