Poisonous Hemlock Plants and How To Eradicate Them

By | May 25, 2017

Right now, there are common weeds lurking in your local park, school and back yard that could maim, scar and even kill you.

How many times have you picked a flower from a tree, shrub or wild plant out in nature? Did you know that some wild plants have enough toxins to kill you within a few hours only after touching their poisonous plant parts? Poisonous Plants are a growing concern in the USA and beyond.  Arm yourself with helpful information to keep yourself, pets and loved ones safe.

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View growing list of poisonous plants in the USA

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Top 3 poisonous plants  that have killed children and adults with the smallest of doses.

Most of which could be lurking around the corner.

  1. Poison Hemlock – toxic fumes, oils and immediate affects on your health.
  2. Oleanderhoney bees who forage on this plant make honey that is highly toxic. I never understood how beekeepers could keep their bees from foraging on nearby oleander bushes. Did you know that all bees forage up to 5,000 miles or more each day?
  3. Pokeweed – deceivingly delicious looking fruit that kills children each year.

Learn how to identify these toxic plants, then remove immediately via natural and/or mechanical means. Spraying these deadly plants with an herbicide only adds to the poisonous effect and does not remove the plant from your yard or area or prevent future outbreaks. Some noxious weeds have toxic fumes that are just as deadly.

Read on to learn how to identify these common killers and what evil little secret is keeping them coming back year after year.

Poison hemlock toxins last on the plant up to 3 years after death.

Removing these toxic plants bare handed can have life threatening consequences or painful rash that can scar for life.

poisonous plant rash

Goats Have Super Powers

The only mammal on the planet that was made to detoxify poison hemlock and other noxious weeds, is the goat. Contrary to popular belief, even among land grant (funded by big ag) universities, is that goats who eat Poison hemlock will die or become deformed.

Professional goat herders who have certification and extensive experience in goat herd management say otherwise.

“Goats have a special enzyme in their saliva that neutralizes the toxins found in most plants.”  Lani Malmberg

There are lots of contradicting stories and studies online that “prove” that poison hemlock and other noxious weeds will kill goats. I suspect these studies were funded by big ag companies who sell pesticides.

Every goat farmer or herder that I have interviewed all say the same thing, goats can eat toxic weeds.

goats eat weeds

Not only are goats the safest choice for weed management, these furry critters clean up any remaining parts of the plant that could cause a life threatening reaction for up to 3 years!

Using herbicides (a type of pesticide) to kill off noxious weeds is an unwise choice.

Spraying plants with these cancer-causing chemicals will not eradicate the weed infestation. Using pesticides will only increase the number of weeds that will come back the next year. Poison hemlock will sprout again the same year!

When you spray pesticides on a plant you are killing off beneficial insects and bio organisms in the soil responsible for growing healthy native plants for that region.

Big Ag wants you to use their pesticides, over and over and over and over again. And guess what, they’re trillion a dollar a year industry is a direct result of their evil little plan.

What happens to a piece of land that has repeated use of pesticides? The soil becomes dirt. This dirt (a four-letter word if you ask me) and is an alarm call to insects and other weeds to come remedy the situation. Not only does using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides damage the soil, but these toxic pesticides are slowing making each of these toxic weeds resistant! Pesticide use has risen over 20% since 2004. Big Ag is creating an epidemic of herbicide resistant super plants.

Using goats is a win win. The goats love to eat a variety of plants and is good for their health.


Goats Finally Cleaning up Washington DC

The goats poop acts as organic fertilizer to help repair the damage done to the soil from past chemical exposure, contractor work and/or natural occurrences like drought, flood and storm damage.

Some goat herders add a little purse around the goat’s neck. This purse will tiny holes in it is filled with native and wild plants that will re seed the area to cover the bare earth that is left behind.

I think it is brilliant idea and one that weed management consultants should take note on.

The weed “problem” will only continue to worsen with the over use of weed killers, insect killers and other pesticides. Weeds are the symptom. Organic land management is the cure.

Listed below are goat farmers and herders who manage weeds with goats. Feel free to reach out to them to learn more.



Hitting the Target


Goats are the hip new thing in eco-friendly weed management







What does Poison Hemlock Look Like? Watch this video to learn more.


How To Remove Deadly Poison Hemlock and other poisonous plants, use Extreme Caution

To prevent contact poisoning, wear gloves, eye protection, a mask, and other protective clothing when removing poison-hemlock and surrounding soil. Never burn poison-hemlock or other toxic plants, as the smoke can trigger asthma, cause blindness and severe respiratory distress. Never leave plants where children or livestock might get them since the dried plants are just as poisonous. Never compost the plants, but put them in plastic bags and throw them in the trash.

Remove small patches by digging, making sure to remove the taproot. Don’t mow or cut plants as they will only re-sprout, and the cut plants can release toxic fumes. Don’t apply herbicides to mature plants because they will still set seed before they die. Goats are the safest way to effectively remove these deadly plants. Goats can also repair the damage done to the soil by chemicals, floods and construction work. The hooves of the goats help to till in the natural fertilizer from the animal. Goats can have native seed pouches around their necks that sow native plant seeds into the bare earth.

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  1. Eating any part of a poisonous plant can kill you within hours.
  2. Goats are the only animals on this planet that safely eat poisonous plants.
  3. Pesticide sprays only make the problem worse, year after year.
  4. Always wear protective glasses, mask, gloves and long sleeves when working with toxic plants.
  5. Pesticides cause weeds.
  6. Some poisonous plants can cause life threatening emergencies just by touching or breathing in their toxic fumes.
  7. Using USDA certified and/or OMRI certified soil, compost and gardening supplies is the best way to restore health and balance to a piece of land whether at home, church or school.

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