ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York State environmental officials are trying to nip a huge, dangerous plant in the bud.
The giant hogweed, a monster plant with flowers the size of umbrellas and sap that causes blisters and blindness, is spreading across New York. The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking for help locating outbreaks.READ MORE: Brian Laundrie's Remains Found In Florida Nature Reserve, Officials Say
The agency has set up a hotline at 845-256-3111 for people to call and report sightings of the invasive species. Callers are asked to provide photos and site information, but should avoid touching the plant.
This is DEC’s fourth year of controlling giant hogweed.READ MORE: Man Taken Into Custody After Shooting Just Steps Away From Bronx School
Six crews totaling 14 people will visit most of the 944 known giant hogweed sites. Sites with less than 400 plants will be controlled by hand cutting their roots; sites with more than 400 plants will be controlled with herbicide.
The plant has been spotted in Nassau and Putnam counties.
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