Renfrew County concerned about wild parsnip

0 Official anticipating lots of calls about plant that poses a health risk
July 8, 2016 at 12:57 pm  •  Posted in News by  •  0 Comments

The County of Renfrew continues to be concerned with the spread of wild parsnip, after the plant was found on a number of public and private properties last year.

The County is anticipating more calls as the summer weather arrives.

Wild parsnip is an invasive plant found in areas of uncultivated land, roadside ditches, and nature trails, as well as on surrounding rural and residential properties.

It may pose a health risk to people, as the sap contains chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to burning and blistering when exposed to the sun.

The best way to avoid contact with wild parsnip is to become familiar with what the plant looks like.

Further information about wild parsnip can be found by clicking here.

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