Residents are asked to be vigilant with regard to a highly toxic and invasive plant, Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum). Giant Hogweed has a clear watery sap that can burn skin if exposed to sunlight. If you come into contact with the sap of this plant:
- Avoid touching your eyes or wiping the sap on other parts of your body or clothes
- Wash affected areas immediately
- Keep the affected area out of the sun
- Seek medical advice
Please report the location of Giant Hogweed to the Town by calling (709) 437-6532, when found in public areas of Torbay. If you think the plant maybe on your private property, please also contact the Town for advice on how to safely dispose of it.
See a picture below of Giant Hogweed, which in some cases, can grow to over 15 feet in height.