Do we have a problem? I researched on the internet, naturally. As you might expect, there was plenty of information. The confusion between poison ivy and Virginia creeper didn't surprise me as they do look somewhat alike. I learned they tend to grow the same places, often together. However, poison ivy has the "thumb" leaf where Virginia creeper has a distinctive five to six leaflet with a saw edge.
Daves Garden web site is always interesting. He tells about the plant and then has a profile. Virginia creeper received 29 positives, 15 neutrals and a whooping 55 negatives. When I read down through the postings, it appeared most of the negatives had to do with the rashes and welts formed by contact with the plant. According to the Noble Foundation Plant forum, the fruit is definitely poisonous to humans although eaten by many animals and birds. The leaves have a needle-like crystals that can cause irritation.
The negative that scares me more than the rash is the fact that it is considered invasive. It has little suction cups on the vines that will pull off paint on siding if not removed carefully.
Here are the pictures, see what you think.
Taken from inside my office looking out the window. I like this view, it seems as if the leaves are right in the room with me.
These are the little suction cups that grip onto the siding.
We could have a problem.