Nuisance Species -

Common Loon mother with one of her two chicks (at 50 days of age). Loon chicks are ready to fly from their natal lake at about 90 days of age.

Forest Avenue at Commonwealth Drive. The Asiatic Bittersweet is just starting here so it will be easy to kill with a small amount of herbicide. This image shows you just how much of a gap that Asiatic Bittersweet can close when trying to reach a substrate to grow on. Here it climbed the fence and then was finally able to extend its tendrils far enough to attach to the tree. Unless this stem is severed and treated with herbicide, the tree is eventually doomed. It is that simple and that frightening. Of course, then you have to go through the expense of removing the dead tree.

This stuff must be stopped.

Do not be afraid to use herbicide as long as you use it wisely. When I worked in the Everglades as a habitat manager I hated herbicide. But over the years I gradually became aware of its superior effectiveness at selectively controlling and killing certain noxious plants. And Asiatic Bittersweet is a nasty, invasive plant that must be killed wherever we find it. Here, I would sever each stem with a machete or pruner and then carefully apply herbicide to the leaf surfaces that are growing (and still living after I sever the stem) out of the ground side of the plant's stem. I use the Round Up brand that is made for bushes. I believe it is labeled Round Up for Poison Ivy.

On my property on Commonwealth Drive it seemed to entirely kill the Asiatic Bittersweet when I applied it in 2010. I was very impressed at how quickly it killed the bittersweet and that the bittersweet did not recover by the following Spring. However, I knew that within the next few years I would see some small evidences of the plant coming back. And I did in Spring-Summer 2012. But the few little bittersweet plants I also killed then were not anywhere near the stature of the plants that I killed in 2010. I am telling you with all sincerity that herbicide (following the severing of the plant’s connection to the soil) may well be the best and only way to effectively deal with an exotic plant that is as invasive as Asiatic Bittersweet.