If you are unfortunate enough to have discovered some Japanese knotweed in your garden, you will almost certainly be asking this question. You’ve probably heard stories about how you need to get it taken care of immediately and how you won’t be able to sell your house because of it, but is Japanese Knotweed actually dangerous?
Is Japanese Knotweed Poisonous for Humans?
Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant species native to Japan. It was introduced to the UK in the 19th century and has since become a major problem for many countries across the world.
The plant is usually cream or white and looks a bit like bamboo. It is exceptionally adaptive and can live anywhere, which is why it’s able to grow in so many places.
Despite Japanese knotweed’s strength and its ability to break through concrete, tarmac or house foundations, it is not toxic for humans.
Occasionally some people report mild skin irritation after coming into contact with the plant, but it is safe to touch.
Is Japanese Knotweed Dangerous to Pets
Your family pet is one of the most important parts of your life. The thought of your pooch or kitten eating something potentially deadly is stomach churning.
Fortunately cats and dogs can eat Japanese knotweed without it doing them any damage. The plant is not toxic to household pets and should they come across it in the garden and fancy a taste, they’ll live to tell the tale.
Despite it being non-toxic for animals to eat, we don’t imagine your average cat or dog would find Japanese knotweed to be a very appetising meal.
What should I do if I find Japanese Knotweed in my garden?
Have you found what you think might be Japanese knotweed in your garden? We recommend getting it checked and removed as quickly as possible.
If not, you risk property damage and losing value on your home. In the worst case scenario, it could have an impact when trying to sell your home. You may be unable to conclude your sale if your buyer is unable to secure a mortgage.
Left unchecked, Japanese knotweed can spread, which is why so many countries are now scrambling to deal with this issue.
How do I get rid of Japanese Knotweed?
JBB are Japanese knotweed removal specialists. We have all the tools and experience under our belts to quickly and safely remove any Japanese knotweed infestation from your garden.
We will carry in-depth site surveys and a can offer a number of treatment options. These range from herbicide to excavation, relocation and disposal of the plant.
Have you found something that you think could be Japanese knotweed?
Book a survey right away before the problem gets out of hand.