Dangers Lurking in the Underbrush on Minnesota Acreage

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Real Estate Agent with REMAX Results Minnesota License#90858

Anoka and Chisago Counties in Minnesota boast some of the most beautiful, desirable acreage properties in the state. As a Realtor in the Ham Lake, Forest Lake and Lino Lakes area, I have to walk acres with my buyers to assess the land. I walk the perimeter of properties with potential sellers to understand the property lines. Whenever showing homes on Minnesota acreage, I am prepared. There are dangers lurking in the underbrush.

poison ivyPoison Ivy--Be very aware of these poisonous plants as they are all over in Minnesota yards and wooded areas. Many property owners don't even realize the plants are poison ivy. Poison ivy is found all over the US while a close relative poison oak is found most often in the west. The plants to have a similar look and exposure to either of these plants will cause a similar, painfully itchy reaction.

Poison Ivy in Summer

  • Classic poison ivy in full swing.
  • Some leaves are notched.
  • Some leaves are not.
  • New leaves are shiny and still somewhat reddish.
  • Older leaves are duller.

Photo courtesy of http://www.poison-ivy.org/

Poison ivy can be a ground cover, a vine or a bush. One small neglected patch can spread very quickly to a huge area. Exposure to this plant is an itchy nightmare that can last for several weeks unless treated with prescription medicines, usually steroids. These plants can leave oil on clothing which can spread in the laundry. Be aware of this hazard when walking in any wooded area that you are unfamiliar with.

Think you can identify poison ivy? Take the POISON IVY PHOTO QUIZ

Wood Ticks/Deer Ticks--While the woods are often a haven for white-tailed deer, the beauty of these animals is overshadowed by a frightening reality. Deer ticks are carriers of Lyme disease; a painful disease that can be quite debilitating if untreated. Deer ticks (or Blacklegged ticks) are rarely found in maintained yards and are very tiny and often not noticed even after having bitten a host. The best defense is prevention of a deer tick bite.
  • Dress Appropriately When walking acreage with underbrush or on property that has not been maintained, wear long sleeves and tuck in pant legs.
  • Use Bug Spray Effective repellents include DEET and Permanone. Spray clothing with Permanone repellent prior to wearing as it is not to be sprayed directly on the skin. DEET can be used on clothing and/or skin.

For additional information on ticks commonly found in Minnesota, read article "Minnesota Ticks and Their Control", by Jeffery D. Hahn.

 

If you are relocating to Minnesota, are looking for Homes for Sale in the north and east Twin Cities metro area and need help from a professional Realtor, give me a call or visit my website for a FREE Relocation Packet.  Acreage homes are my specialty! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

Copyright 2007 Teri Eckholm  http://www.terieckholm.com/

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Teri Eckholm. REALTOR with RE/MAX Results, is a native Minnesotan who has lived and worked in the Minneapolis St Paul metro all of her life. She specializes in lakeshore homes, acreage properties and first time home buyers but assists anyone making a move in the north and east Twin Cities metro.

If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give Teri , a call or visit her website for a FREE Home Buyer Success Guide or FREE Home Value Report She specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

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Rich Schiffer
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Nicely done post.  A great example of how a blog can have both local material, and also appeal to the broader, national readership.  This will be included in my week in review, for that reason.  It also showcases the services that a REALTOR provides, so that prospective clients see value.  Many members could use this as a model for their own blogs.  Nicely organized, and effective use of pictures and outbound links.
May 23, 2007 07:37 PM #1
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Teri Eckholm
REMAX Results - White Bear Lake, MN
Acreage & Lakeshore REALTOR Minneapolis St Paul
Rich, Thank you! I try to keep my posts informative and helpful to potential clients and readers. Both poison ivy and ticks are really a concern during the summer in MN. As an agent I am walking around property all of the time and see poison ivy all over! I did not know what it looked like until we found it in our own yard. I felt it was very relevant to clients.
May 23, 2007 07:47 PM #2
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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Okay...yuk and yuk ...but good info to know if I get out that way. My daughter lived in south texas before she came home and she called and told me she ripped a vine out in the back yard and it turned out to be poison ivy.  I guess she could've used this quiz..haha.

As for that disgusting animal..oh, tick. I am proud to say my doggie does not have fleas or ticks. I would freak out if I saw one on her.

May 24, 2007 01:02 AM #3
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Theresa Cavanaugh
Global Realty Marketing - Appleton, WI
Excellent and informative!  Great post and awesome pictures.
May 24, 2007 07:01 AM #4
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Teri Eckholm
REMAX Results - White Bear Lake, MN
Acreage & Lakeshore REALTOR Minneapolis St Paul

Sally--I agree 100% with the Yuk description but Realtors and homeowners do happen upon these wonders of nature whether we want to or not!

As for your daughter, let her know if she comes upon a new ivy vine to not burn it. In reading on the poison ivy site, I discovered that can cause severe problems if you breathe in the fumes.

Also, the biggest problem with deer ticks is that they are much smaller than dog ticks. About the size of the tip of a ball point pen. Most people don't realize they have been bitten until they are showing symptoms.

May 24, 2007 07:46 AM #5
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Teri Eckholm
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Theresa--Thanks! Hope the information will help a few walking in the brush this summer!
May 24, 2007 07:47 AM #6
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Thesa Chambers
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Teri with spring here and summer around the corner this should be a featured post - so many people are unaware of these issues and can save their day trip or vacation from being ruined by educating themselves.  Thanks for posting this
May 24, 2007 09:55 AM #7
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Thesa--I appreciate your comments! It is important to everyone who walks on property.
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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Okay...this will come in handy!
May 24, 2007 11:32 AM #9
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Teri Eckholm
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Hi Sally--Glad to be of assistance!
May 24, 2007 01:26 PM #10
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You were localism featured with this post...woohoo!
May 24, 2007 11:50 PM #11
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Teri Eckholm
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Sally--I saw that! Thanks for pointing it out because it was added a little later than most!
May 25, 2007 08:17 PM #12
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Sabrina Kelley
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Pikes Peak Region Realtor, Teller, Park and El Paso County Colorado

I can say that the Colorado mountains do not have much poison ivy. My Southern pals are always up and down with bouts of the stuff. Thanks for the tips.

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