Do You Have Poisonous Plants at your Home or Listing?

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Most of us buy plants to landscape our homes; decorate with house plants inside our house or office and take walks/hikes with our children and pets.

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Warning!  Real Estate agents need to be aware of any red flags at their      listings/buyers perspective homes as well.

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Many plants or trees can cause sickness or death to children, pets, wildlife, farm animals and also to adults. It is important to rid our homes of poisonous plants and teach our children and pets not to taste or eat any plants. Also the berries can be very tempting and we should not taste them. Mushrooms are also risky and can be a fast and painful death if you choose the wrong species.

 

 

I found this great website to help the untrained person to find out about plants and trees. The University of Pennsylvania has an extensive website on Poisonous Plants and they list them by the common names we are all familiar with. I went through and found some real surprises here:

Avocado, Azalea, Clover, Creeping Charlie, Ground Ivy, Iris, Lily, “Marijuana”, Oleander, Philodendron, Poinsettia, Wisteria plus many more. The site also mentions wildflowers, seeds and berries.

 

 

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When my daughter graduated from college, we had taken one of her leis and cut it up into three pieces and made individual leis for our dogs for a Kodak moment. While I ran in the house for about 1 minute, I came back out and found one of the dogs was eating the orchids off the lei around her neck. Luckily they are not poisonous or my dog would not be here today.

Things to Do:

Call the Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222

Call 9-1-1.

Rush the person to the Emergency Ward.

 

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*One excellent tip I found was to bring a sample of the leaf, berry or seed with you to the hospital. I do not think I would have thought of this. Hopefully this never happens but if it does, it is better to be prepared.

 

 

 

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At Christmas time, remember if someone brings you a beautiful poinsettia that you keep it up from your pets and children. Who would have known this lovely and popular plant would be so lethal?

 

 

 

 

Call Kristin Hamilton at 909-557-6966 to list your home.

 

Inland Empire Homeowners, please call me for a Comprehensive Market Analysis to assist you with marketing your home for sale and getting the best price possible. Buyers, if you are planning to purchase real estate, let me assist you in finding the right home.  Google me at Kristin Hamilton, Keller Williams Realty, Redlands, CA 

 

 

 

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Hi Kristine, This is excellent and it is something that all of us need to be aware oof, Not only for our own little ones but to advise clients when we observe these plants that are so dangerous to their little ones

February 23, 2012 07:42 PM
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Hi Myrl,

 I have palm trees in my backyard and the dates fall off. No matter how much we try to cut the sacs off and rake the dates, the dogs still find them and chew on them but leave the pit. I used to be scared that they would die but after 2 years of collecting them, chewing on them and sneaking them in the house, I have decided I have to let it go. I still yell and say NO but they collect them and put them in piles on the rug they like to lay on. They are so funny.

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Hi Kwee,

 I agree allergies can affect some people and pets and not others just like peanuts and shellfish. It is sometimes just so scary. Children learn to not touch plants and flowers as they get older but pets can never be trusted totally. My terrier used to eat flowers but now she just likes to smell them. The list at the Univ of Penn website has about 200 common plants that could be lethal to many.

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Hi Tony and Darcy,

I agree with you and when you are showing or selling foreclosed properties you never know what is growing in the yard. Did you notice the marijuana on my list. I laughed when I saw it and I can see how lethal it could be for children and animals. Once I thought I found Marijuana but code enforcement said it was just a pointy weed. I think it had six leaves and pot has 5. I had it dug up anyway just in case.

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Hi William,

Yes, it is important to make sure we do not have these plants but there were so many so I am going to start looking at the list and finding the pictures. I read where one red maple leaf could kill a cow in 20 minutes. That was scary. And one seed could kill farm animals and humans in less than an hour. People need to not put things in their mouth. I have been on hikes with others and they will stick a flower in their mouth to determine what it is. I just think about Euell Gibbons and he was an expert until he ate the wrong thing.

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