Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are common and nasty plants in all parts of Virginia. Some folks swear that they are not allergic to these plants, but I am not one of them. I even got a severe case of contact dermatitis from the herb tansy when I pulled out the invasive plants that had taken over a herb garden in New Jersey years ago.
So learn how to identify them BEFORE you work in your yard or take a walk in the woods. Poison ivy has been very prolific in my area of Williamsburg this year. I hate to resort to Roundup, but it is on my weekend schedule again.
Below is a good shot of poison ivy in summer and later in the fall when it turns a brilliant red. Do not confuse it with the Virginia Creeper vine which has five leaves, not three, except at its beginning.