Without the right tools and plans, eliminating creeping fig plants permanently can be difficult. To kill both the roots and the vine permanently, you require eye protection, gloves, pruning shears, glyphosate herbicide and a paintbrush.
Before attempting to remove the creeping fig plant, put on eye protection and gloves. Wear a long shirt and pants and appropriate protective footwear.
Cut down the branches
Use the pruning shears to cut down the branches that extend from the plant's main trunk. Continue until you reach the trunk.
Cut the main trunk
Get as close to the ground as possible, and cut down the main trunk.
Dip the paintbrush into the glyphosate herbicide, then spread a substantial amount all over the severed trunk in the ground. Do not allow the glyphosate herbicide to come into contact with your skin.
Watch the plant
Monitor the progress of the creeping fig plant for a few weeks to make sure that nothing grows back. If you notice any new growth, remove it immediately and reapply the glyphosate herbicide.
Allow the plant matter to die
Before you attempt to remove the creeping fig plant completely, allow the cut pieces to die and become dry.
Remove the plant matter
Once the plant has stopped growing, remove the dry plant matter and dispose of it.