Don’t jerk the plant to remove it. Instead, grab it close to the ground and gently pull with steady pressure and move it in a circular motion, or back and forth, to test whether it seems that it will release from the soil without breaking off from the roots.
If it feels like the plant will release from the ground without leaving the roots in place, continue pulling and remove it. With Japanese Honeysuckle and Oriental Bittersweet especially, they can have both extensive root systems that often go in different directions (and re-root), and above ground runners that “hide” underneath the leaf litter. All of these must be removed or the plant will re-root.
If the plant feels very firmly in place, leave it and use cut stump as your treatment technique (so go out armed with a cutting tool and herbicide, just in case.)
A note on prickly invasives (Wineberry, small Multiflora Rose and others). As you reach to grab the stem (wearing good gloves) at the base of the plant at ground level, keep your hand open. Then close your hand around the stem as you move your hand upward along the stem. This will fold the prickles upward against the stem so they’re less likely to penetrate your gloves. Or just wear thick gloves!
Good luck and stay safe!
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