An invasive plant species which can be a risk to your health has been reported in North Hastings and Highlands East.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has released a map showing where giant hogweed has been seen in Ontario. These places include L’Amable, Bird’s Creek, Maynooth, Cardiff, and Highlands Grove. To see the full map, click here.

This comes as the Nature Conservancy is reporting that giant hogweed is a growing concern in Ontario, because its watery, clear sap can cause blisters and burning when it comes in contact with skin and is exposed to sunlight.

Hastings County Weed Inspector John Anstey says you should get rid of the plant if you find it on your property by using a herbicide called ‘Roundup.’

If you don’t want to use herbicides to get rid of giant hogweed, Anstey says you’ll have to get fully suited up.

Anstey says you should also be on the lookout for the wild parsnip, which also has sap that can cause blisters and burns. He recommends the same tips to get rid of the wild parsnip if you come across it.

Wild Parsnip. Photo credit: Wikipedia.