SERVICES  &  PRICING
Pictured below is William Bartlett, my Tree Specialist Eradicator. For the largest tree-climbing vines he uses a come-a-long to bring them down. He will also climb up a tree when he has to. He's tackled to the ground some thick, record-breaking vines. I'm posing with a large base of poison ivy roots that he pulled out for me. He's been in the business for over 40 years.
Same tuber: if you look closely enough, this picture below (click to enlarge) shows how skinny the long roots will become the deeper we explore.
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When I visit a poison ivy patch, I often dig up some rather interesting-looking roots. The way I explain the first one pictured below is this: when poison ivy roots are cut or ripped (you can see the cut in the first of the two photos), the sources of energy that would have normally flown through the runner, past that previously cut spot, have now bumped into a dead end. The energy collects and stores in that dead end by filling out into a root tuber. From that tuber (or rhizome), 4 or 5 roots may start out in multiple directions but also a tap-like root may begin to grow straight down, as a means to support survival of the plant under its newly threatened circumstances (of having been cut).
 
Therefore, ripping or trimming roots just down to the ground level (not digging them out) causes the root system to "bush out" underground. This is a similar process to when one trims a bush above ground in order for it to fill out and become more bushy. This is not something I recommend, that poison ivy roots be ripped out, mowed or otherwise cut at the ground level every year and maintained this way year-in and year-out. It creates a HUGE root system and eventually a greater magnitude to the job when finally digging the entire root system out.
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You can see from the second photo that this root was dug out of a deep hole. When we measured the hole and the root itself, they both measured nearly two feet. Poison ivy, in its undisturbed state, normally runs less than an inch under the earth's surface and fairly parallel to the ground. Any secondary roots growing off of a typical runner are only 4 or 5 inches in length and grow at an acute angle to the runner. Abberant roots like the one pictured are found to grow vertically, perpendicular to the earth's surface. When we start chasing a root that goes straight down like this, I feel that 8" is an adequate depth for digging the root out. Once past 8", a root often is too skinny for survival on it's own, especially at such a depth.
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A poison ivy root tuber: at the top left corner of this tuber you can see the original cut (click to enlarge), causing this tuber to develop in the first place.
1. Guesstimate - The root system is the mystery, which is why it's a "guesstimate" and not an estimate. I usually won't need to go to the property because what you can see above ground is what I would see. There are indicators above ground that you can describe over the phone to me. [203-736-0664] Answering the questions I ask will help me determine what difficulties the root system will present, once we dig in. In this way I can help you with a 'ball-park" figure.
Geoff Martino, working with
Cindy Campbell (since 2011).
Hello there.
     
It is 2022 and a note about the ongoing coronavirus:  Since the beginning of my work with poison ivy I have implemented a strict protection protocol, for myself and others, from potential exposure to urushiol. My tools, gloves and clothing are contaminated with a hazardous substance. A customer inevitably receives instructons from me to keep a distance from me and my tools so this is not a newly acquired behavior of mine. I have been teaching and training others to use this protection protocol in the field since 2011. All of the protection protovol precepts apply easily to our new situation with the coronavirus. Please feel that under these unusual circumstsances it is safe to get rid of your poison ivy when hiring The Gloved Hand.
     
My name is Cindy. I became involved with the poison ivy plant in 1988 when my husband and I bought a house (in Connecticut) with poison ivy on the premises.
      
My husband, Robert, had previously contracted a particularly severe case of the poison ivy rash which had required medical treatment, so I proceeded to clear out our new yard by myself. I found that the most comfortable method for me was to remove the entire root system by hand. The results were good, too. While under the tutelage of a knowledgeable Yankee farmer I learned techniques regarding weather conditions and seasonal changes that make for the most productive weeding. Now I am able to identify poison ivy in the dormant season when there are no leaves on the plant; I can eradicate poison ivy before the season even begins! I recommend keeping this in mind when hiring The Gloved Hand. As soon as the ground thaws in March, it is possible to get started. May and June are very busy months. Work continues on through spring, summer and again, autumn is also an excellent time for poison ivy eradication - right up until the ground freezes again!
      
After helping my husband out on our own property I began helping other relatives as well; and next, it was my neighbors calling. My business officially started for the public in 2009.
      
Digging in to eradicate poison ivy roots is not a good idea for those with a severe allergy to poison ivy; common sense is your best ally there. Contrary to what you might think, I am not one of those rare individuals who is blessed with a natural immunity to the plant. Armed with tenacity however, I now have protocols for my personal protection and can train DIY-ers to do the same.
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PROFESSIONAL TRAINING CAN BE PAID OFF WITH A COMBINATION OF LABOR AND MONEY: 
At the conclusion of the Professional Training and in order to make payment in full for this training, begin working for "The Gloved Hand" at $27 per hour, taking $3 off your pay each hour worked until the full cost of the training has been paid. (Hence, 27-3=24 with $24/hr being your take home pay.) Quickly rise to $30/hr once the Protection Protocol has been consistently implemented on the job. And once a worker is able to determine the best approach to a poison ivy patch, while working with a supervisor, the pay increases to $33. Additionally, when the ability is gained to follow up on a job by working a day alone at that site, the pay increases to $36 per hour. As this pay/work combination is ongoing, a person's labor pay is arranged to have automatic deductions of $3 per hour made towards the Professional Training. Any amount of money upfront that has been paid off will decrease the number of $3 deductions but if not, it will take 120 hours of working for The Gloved Hand (probably the first 20-30 days of work) to reach the total reimbursement amount due The Gloved Hand for the Professional Training.
RASH REMEDIES
Poison Ivy Documentary
    
For specific information on...
  
P. Ivy Identification:
8 minutes + 30 seconds into video
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P. Ivy Look-A-Likes:
  21 min + 15 sec
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Techniques for Digging it out:
  25 min + 50 sec
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Dressing & Undressing Safely:
  40 min + 15 sec
    
Watching this video is a cornerstone to participating in The Gloved Hand training. 
8. Professional Training - A one-to-one for an individual to become a sub-contractor for "The Gloved Hand." This 6-hour training is divided into 3-hour sessions, each one on a separate day. Time will be spent handling and working with the poison ivy plant each day (wearing gloves).
Watching the Poison Ivy Documentary is a pre-requistie to this training.
 $360 for one person includes the two days. At the conclusion of the Professional Training start working for The Gloved Hand at $27, quickly rising to $30 and further down the line, to $33 and $36, with even higher rates for those who develop further on.
   
– two 3-hr sessions on separate days
See box below for more information:
– FREE –
DIY-ers, work at your own risk - and be aware.
  
Please share this video: I am looking for subcontractors, so if interested please check out the Professional Training below the video.
$72/hour: Lead Eradicator
$66/hour: 2nd Eradicator
Hauling Fees: $12 per large bag
   
– 4 hr minimum
(pro-rated by the minute after 4 hrs)
6. Stone Walls - eradicating the roots from out, under and in-between stones in walls sometimes calls for relocating stones and putting them back or, considering the situation, moving the stone wall laterally by some number of feet.
$60/hour: Lead Eradicator
$54/hour: 2nd Eradicator 
Hauling Fees: $15 per large bag
    
– 4 hr minimum
(pro-rated by the minute after 4 hrs)
5. Ripping - Ripping out poison ivy without the use of tools. By hand, pulling out as much of the root as possible. This is not a coomplete eradication since some roots may still remain in the ground. This quicker method is for clearing out a larger area of poison ivy in a shorter period of time. A 2nd visit is recommended to dig out all the roots.
$96/hour: Tree Climbing Specialist
    
Specialist Hauling Fees: $500/level dump truck or $125/cubic yard, for example: 2" diameter vine at 50' in height may cost around $50 in hauling, however, distance to dumping site and other circumstances will vary the price. 
– 4 hr minimum –
4. Tree Climbing Specialist -
A worker who climbs a tree to remove the vines that cannot be taken down from standing on the ground or on a ladder. This tree specialist can also remove the most humongous of vines that literally cannot be pulled off by human strength alone but require a winch on the back of a pickup truck.
$72/hour: Tree Root Specialist
$66/hour: 2nd Tree Root Specialist
Hauling Fees: $12 per large bag
   
– 4 hr minimum
(pro-rated by the minute after 4 hrs)
3. Tree Root Specialist - Where an old poison ivy climber has developed over many years, its particularly thick main roots are dug out (two-inch diameter or thicker) around the base of a tree and the climber is pulled off the tree as high as can be done with the assistance of a ladder.
$60/hour: Lead Eradicator
$54/hour: 2nd Eradicator
Hauling Fees: $12 per large bag
    
– 4 hr minimum
(pro-rated by the minute after 4 hrs)
2. Eradication - Eradicating poison ivy roots, runners and climbers (climbers under 2-inch in diameter) by digging the plant's entire root system out using a double set of gloves, a trowel, a shovel and pulling vines off the tree.ll the roots.
7. Poison Ivy Documentary -On YouTub
See below: an hour-long Poison Ivy Documentary for Do-It-Yourselfers. This video includes the best poison ivy identification lesson on the web and a Protection Protocol for Do-It-Yourselfers!
OVER THE PHONE No Cost.
203-736-0664 or email me your # and I will contact you.
If there is some reason to visit the site,  a "Search & Assess" fee is double the travel fee ($30 minimum) + the travel fee.
    
Travel fee rates are listed near the bottom of this webpage.
 
The cost of this "Search & Assess"
visit is NOT deducted from the actual job. This is a separate cost.

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William Bartlett, Cindy Campbell and a tree-climbing poison ivy vine with its' roots detached. (click to enlarge)       
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