With each Christmas season, we’ll deck the halls, enjoy a sleigh ride, and go walking in a Winter wonderland. But no matter the festivities and tales of Santa, Christmas won’t feel quite complete without a decorated tree. Every year, evergreens from around the world are dawned with lights, tinsel, ornaments, candy, and more. However, if you’re planning to include a tree, real or fake, in your Christmas decor, consider its chances for containing bugs. No matter if you chopped it down or stored its plastic counterpart all year, your Christmas tree is a likely host to some bugs. So be sure that your Christmas tree brings into your home only good cheer, free of unwanted critters!
Bugs you might find in your Christmas tree this year:
- Adelgids (These are aphid-like insects covered in a white, waxy coating)
- Bark Beetles
- Praying Mantids
- Scale Insects
Trees are exceptionally hospitable to insects, mites, and spiders. So ensure that before you display your tree in your living room window, that it is free of any of these kinds of critters. If you have a real tree, complete the following:
- Upon first bringing home your tree, make sure to thoroughly shake it out outside of your home to dislodge any insects, eggs, or other loose debris.
- Remove any bird nests or eggs. Check the undersides of branches, and in the trunk wherein these commonly hide.
- Refrain from using insect spray as these are often flammable.
If you have an artificial tree, you’ll likely store it for most of the year in your garage, basement, or crawl space. This is the perfect opportunity for bugs of all sorts to take up residence within its branches. So, before you set up your tree again this year, be sure to look out for bugs with these tips:
- Store your artificial tree in a fully-enclosed container that is tightly sealed. We advise against using just a box in which bugs can easily crawl inside.
- Unpack your tree outside. In case any bugs are hanging around, you can shake them off here in your lawn, rather than in your living room.