Hemlock Growing In Amador County!

Hemlock Growing In Amador County!

KVGC was informed today by Fiddletown area resident, Dianne Bennett, there is poison hemlock growing along the creek on Fiddletown Road.  Hemlock is very toxic and sheep, cattle, swine, horses, and other domestic animals are poisoned by eating small amounts of green or dried plant.  It is also extremely poisonous to humans.  Initial symptoms may include a burning sensation in the mouth, nausea, vomiting, confusion, trouble breathing and muscle paralysis.  When death occurs, it is usually rapid and due to respiratory paralysis.  There is no known antidote to the poison.  To remove the plant, wear gloves to protect skin from plant juices.  Small patches may be dug up - including roots - but mowing poison hemlock won't kill it.  Put the plant in a sealed garbage bag, let it bake in the sun and then throw the bag in the trash. Do not compost.  Treat clothing similar to poison oak and wash separately.  If you get juice on your skin, wash immediately.  Herbicides containing glyphosate are effective in killing poison hemlock.  The best time to spray is before the plant forms flowers.  The plants may regerminate and require follow-up control.  Bennett posted a short video on our Facebook page, of the plant growing locally along the creek on Fiddletown road, near the covered bridge.  Again Hemlock is extremely poisonous and areas where it grows should be avoided.

 

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