Homeowner slammed for refusing to remove poison ivy affecting neighbours’ children

Commentators slammed a homeowner who refused to remove poison ivy in his yard after his neighbors asked to do so because he was keeping his young children away.

The Original Poster (OP), known as u/Acceptable-Neat8443, posted about the situation on Reddit’s popular Am I The A**hole, where it received more than 11,200 upvotes and 4,400 comments. You can find the post here.

Discover poison ivy

Poison ivy, as well as its other toxicodendron plants poison oak and poison sumac, have sap oil that can trigger allergic reactions.

Toxicodendron plants, found in every state in the continental US, thrive in hot and sunny areas and do not survive well in deserts, rainforests, or at elevations over 5,000 feet.

Homeowner refuses to remove poison ivy
Here is a stock image of a “Caution Poison Ivy” sign. Commentators slammed a homeowner who refused to remove poison ivy from his garden because it keeps the neighbor’s children away.
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Poison ivy is a climber and often occurs as multiple glossy leaves arranged in groups of three along a stem, rather than as standalone shrubs.

It is sometimes difficult to recognize poison ivy as it can easily be confused with other plants. If you’re not sure if the plant in front of you is poison ivy, look out for these traits:

  • Solid green, pointed, glossy leaves arranged in groups of three – not to be confused with Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), which has five leaves.
  • Leaves alternate on the stem, not opposite like the leaves of the elderberry (Acer negundo).
  • Poison ivy has no thorns – unlike blackberry and raspberry plants.
  • Damaged plant parts usually have black spots or black sap.
  • The leaves turn yellow, orange and red in autumn.
  • The flowers and fruits are cream-colored.


In the post, titled “AITA for refusing to get rid of poison ivy at the edge of my yard?” the homeowner said the border between her home and her neighbor’s had poison ivy.

Recently a family with young children moved in and a parent asked them to remove the poison ivy because their children would get rashes playing in that part of the yard.

The OP declined, saying they had an “extreme sensitivity” and stopped trying to control it because it always causes rashes when they try.

“Thankful for”

Instead, the OP told his neighbor that they could have the poison ivy removed on their part of the yard.

“They said even if they did, it would grow back into their yard from my side and that I could pay a company to remove it if I didn’t do it myself,” the post reads. “I said I would only agree to that if they paid for everything. They declined, saying they would look into local laws on disturbing plants. We don’t speak to each other anymore.”

The OP said since the facility was “their problem” they shouldn’t have to pay for it.

“Am I really the asshole here?” read the post. “They could just teach their kids to avoid poison ivy like I do. I could understand if I had planted it on purpose… Honestly, I’m thankful for it because it kept her noisy kids out of my yard, it really bugs me when I’m outside in the yard.”

Redditor reactions

More than 4,400 users commented on the post, many criticizing the OP for not compromising on the issue.

“The offer to share costs seems like a very reasonable compromise to me,” commented one user. “Digging in makes you an AH neighbor. Celebrating it as a toxic child deterrent even more so. Your neighbors will find out the laws and act accordingly, and will always hate your guts.”

“If you’re sensitive to it, why WOULD YOU NOT want to remove it?” Another user commented.

“I don’t understand why you keep the poison ivy you are so sensitive to,” commented another. “It’s a weed and a nuisance and an allergen. You can plant other things for the little creatures, maybe even plant a hedge to keep the neighbors out that doesn’t cause rashes and requires moon suits to get close.”

“Oh I understand the real reason you let this poisonous plant continue to grow and invade your neighbor’s property is so the kids can’t play in that part of their own yard,” commented another user. “They purposely keep a poisonous plant nearby that is harmful to both you and your neighbors so they cannot enter that part of their property. How completely selfish. YTA.”

news week contacted u/Acceptable-Neat8443 for comment.

Other viral posts

In another viral Reddit post, a man was commended for telling his neighborhood about his “perverted” neighbor, and another person was applauded for “getting revenge” on their neighbor.

In one post, a woman was slammed for forbidding her neighbors’ children to play outside after 7pm

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Rick Schindler

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