As the holidays are getting into full swing, some people mistakenly let pests into their home without realizing it. They can come in on decorations, and especially live Christmas trees.
One Source of Pests Can Be From Your Christmas Tree
While there is always the option of having an artificial Christmas tree, however many still prefer the real thing. Beyond the mess of sap and pine needles that can get all over your home, there is the added concern of bringing pests in.
Another Source of Pests is through Christmas Wreaths
Wreaths are another source for pests you might not be aware of. Whether they are hanging on your door or inside your home, it can have the same effect as trees. Most of the time, wreaths are made with tree branches that have fallen off of trees and that have been laying on the ground or clipped from live trees.
Common Pests Found In Christmas Trees & Wreaths
- Bark Beetles
- Praying Mantises
- Vigorously shake the tree before bringing it into your home.
- Look out for bird nests, since they may contain parasites such as mites and lice.
- Beware Spruce Spider mites appear as tiny red and brown dots when shaken out of Christmas trees. Vaccuum all discarded fallen droppings.
- Cinara Aphids and their eggs are often hidden down inside the lower branches of Christmas trees where they are hard to find.
- The Praying Mantis and Gypsy Moth will lay eggs in Christmas trees. Look for the walnut-sized tan egg masses. If you find any, remove them.
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