Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac are all common in the Cincinnati area. A few tips.

Keep your skin covered to avoid contact with these plants. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, and closed shoes if you’re in an area where they grow. Tie the bottoms of your pants legs or tuck them into your boots. Wear gloves when you handle bagged mulch or bales of pine straw. Keep a pair of shoes just for outside use and keep them outdoors. Try a lotion that has bentoquatam. It acts as a barrier between urushiol and your skin.

Urushiol begins to stick within minutes. If you know you’ve made contact with poison ivy, oak, or sumac, wash the area with lukewarm water and soap ASAP. If there’s no water, rubbing alcohol or alcohol wipes can remove it. Keep the area cool, dry, and clean. Wash your clothes and clean your boots or shoes. Hose down any garden tools that might have touched the plant.

Stinging Nettles: Stinging nettle is particularly found as an understory plant in wetter environments, but it is also found in meadows.

Anti-inch drugs, usually in the form of creams containing antihistaminics or hydrocortisone may provide relief from the symptoms of being stung by nettles. Because of the combination of chemicals involved, though, other remedies may be required. Calamine lotion may be helpful.


Ticks: We have four different types of ticks in the Cincinnati area that you could pickup in the woods. Please check after each run that one has not decided to attach itself to you.

Other than Gardner Snakes, snake sightings are extremely rare in this part of Ohio.

Common forest wildlife includes Deer, rabbit, and possibly fox. No dangerous animals.
Sunscreen:  Always a good idea. Hay it might not be Florida but you can still get a sunburn in Cincinnati.
Hot and Humid temperatures –Stay hydrated and carry water.