When you bring a “real” Christmas tree in your home, you may bring home an insect or two. Don’t worry – most of insects are not are a threat to your home or family. Usually, these bugs can be avoided by giving the tree a really good shake before bringing it inside. Some tree lots have mechanical tree shakers for removing these insects.
Dealing With Christmas Tree Bugs
After spending a beautiful afternoon selecting that perfect tree, I can imagine your surprise when you discover insects in it. Aphids, bark beetles, mites, praying mantids, scale insects, spiders are the common pests found in pine and fir trees. Some of these insects only become active when exposed to the warm temperatures inside the home. Although many will stay on the tree, a few may be attracted to your lights and windows.
If you do spot any one of these pests, remember that many of these insects will usually die in a short time. Your home is too warm, dry and lacks the food for these invaders. They should disappear in a few days.
Christmas trees become fire hazards when they become dry. So don’t forget to water your tree often. Your tree will continue to look great throughout the holidays with plenty of water.
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!
Happy Holidays from our Family to Yours!