Invasive weed control (IWC) specialises in removing invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam, Buddleia Daviddii, Wolfsbane and Ragwort. These invasive weeds are especially known for spreading quickly, causing damage to buildings, wildlife and roads. Some of the weeds are poisonous which can harm animals and humans.
IWC also carry out surveys on residential and commercial land to check and identify existence of invasive and/or poisonous weeds. An increasing number of mortgage lenders are refusing applications if Japanese Knotweed is present at the property or even on a neighbouring property.
The Japanese Knotweed is listed by the World Conservation Union as ''one of the world's worst invasive species''. The Japanese Knotweed can easily damage concrete foundations, buildings, roads, flood defences and paving.
Buddelia Daviddii needs to be maintained otherwise it can widely spread and start to grow up buildings and over walls. The Buddelia Daviddii also has the power to damage buildings and cause brickwork to start crumbling.
The Giant Hogweed is not only harmful to the environment but to human skin if in contact. Causing severe blistering and can leave scarring. Giant Hogweed quickly spreads and grows in large areas, Giant Hogweed needs to be treated quickly.
Wolfsbane is a very poisonous plant and should only be touched and removed by a specialist. This plant has also been known to cause death. Wolfsbane should be dealt with as soon as it is spotted due to it being so dangerous.
The Himalyayan Balsam is a fast growing weed, it is also known to grow up to the height of 2.5 meters. The Himalyanyan Balsam can spread widely causing issues, especially on riverbanks and waste land.
Ragwort is a common issue in pony paddocks and railway embankments. Ragwort is poisonous and can cause problems for horses and cattle owners.