Reminder: Watch for Giant Hogweed while out & about! - Blog - K94.5
June 9, 2020 | by: Aaron Armstrong

Reminder: Watch for Giant Hogweed while out & about!

Friendly reminder that Giant Hogweed blooms in many places throughout New Brunswick — they usually begin to bloom around mid-June, & can grow up to 5 meters in the “right conditions.”

If you see one of these off the beaten path — be careful & don’t touch it! These little guys can cause rashes, burns, and (in extreme cases) blindness. Side effects can last for up to ten years!

We’ve seen them bloom in many places throughout New Brunswick before, including throughout Greater Moncton.

If you come into contact with Giant Hogweed, follow these steps to minimize your risk:

  • Wash affected area immediately with soap and cold water then wash your hands
  • Cover up affected areas and keep them out of direct sunlight for at least 48 hours
  • Change and wash your clothes to prevent spread
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible
  • If your eyes have come in contact with the sap , rinse your eyes thoroughly with clean water for 10 minutes , wear dark sunglasses to avoid exposing your eyes to the sunlight , and seek medical attention as soon as possible

More info: Government of New Brunswick

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