As we did last summer, we want to warn our residents of Giant Hogweed which is starting to grow again in our county. It was a problem in our area last year, and we’re already hearing reports of it this year.
Last summer, according to the DEC, it was spotted in Broome County as well as surrounding counties. In early July of last year, WBNG TV did a segment on it. Please click here to watch.
If you suspect that you have this noxious plant on your property, DO NOT TOUCH IT! Instead, take clear photos and email the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or call 1-845-256-3111 (NYSDEC’s Giant Hogweed Information Line). You’ll be instructed to mail (or e-mail) the photos to the DEC. Once the DEC confirms that the photos are indeed hogweed, you’ll need to fill out a form to allow DEC access to your property for removal of the plant. Once the DEC receives the form back, you’ll be entered into their “hogweed registry”. The DEC will eventually contact you to discuss removal.
Again . . . DO NOT TOUCH THIS PLANT. If you come in contact with the plant and it touches your skin, wash the area thoroughly with soap and water and cover yourself immediately to avoid exposure from the sun for at least 48 hours. (Being exposed to the plant for 15 minutes or longer puts you at a greater risk.) The DEC reported that doctors are commonly prescribing steroid cream for the blisters on the skin. Seek medical treatment if the condition on the skin worsens.
To visit the DEC website for additional information, please click here.