Keep Pests Out of Your Christmas Tree

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How to Prevent a Pest Infestation in Your Christmas Tree

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time to grab the family, hop in the car, and head to the nearest farm or pop-up lot to choose the perfect Christmas tree. Before bringing your beacon of holiday cheer inside your home, it’s important to make sure you’re not welcoming bugs along with it! 
Christmas Tree Farm iStock-135474406-jpgIf you’ve seen Christmas Vacation, you know how fast a squirrel in a tree can ruin a perfectly good celebration but have you ever had a bug infestation take you from feeling joyful and triumphant to bah humbug? 
According to Safer Brands, a single Christmas tree can hold up to 25,000 bugs—and they may not be apparent at first glance! Tree bugs go dormant when the temperature drops, meaning they’ll only come to life once they’re safe and warm inside your home. 
Read on to learn which bugs you need to look out for in your tree and how to make sure they don’t join your festivities this holiday season!  

Bugs Likely to Infest Your Christmas Tree

Balsam Woolly Adelgids
These tiny insects love chowing down on the sap of firs and pines. If you notice a snow-like dusting on your tree, it’s no Christmas miracle; it’s an infestation! These grinches will destroy your tree faster than you can say “timber!”
Aphids are one of the most common Christmas tree pests. These little bugs look like ticks, except with six legs instead of eight. Ever the festive bug, they come in shades of black, brown, red, and green! They typically reside in the lower branches of the tree. 
Bark Beetles
These red, brown, or black beetles are about the size of a grain of rice but can make a big mess by gnawing away at the branches and trunk, leaving sawdust debris piled at the bottom of your tree. 
Mites do a great job of eating other insects’ eggs in your tree, but they’ll also cling on and destroy your ornaments, leaving little red stains all over them. They’ll also give you more needles than necessary to clean up by causing premature needle dropping! 
Spiders gravitate towards Christmas trees in search of other insects to trap in their webs as prey. Unfortunately, this means your tree could become infested! If a spider lays eggs in your tree, it could cause a serious issue in your home. 

Tips to Make Sure Your Christmas Tree is Bug-Free

mechanical tree shaker iStock-639530350-jpgShake It Out
Fortunately, tree bugs don’t have a great grip, so shaking your tree goes a long way in dislodging any intruders. Most Christmas tree farms have mechanical shakers to take care of the heavy lifting, but it’s still helpful to give your tree a little shake before you bring it inside. 
Shine a Light on Your Christmas Tree
A quick, easy way to make sure there are no creatures creeping in your tree is to shine a flashlight inside. Keep your eyes peeled for bird nests, egg masses, and spider webs.
Dust Your Tree Before You Decorate It
Giving your tree a sprinkle of Diatomaceous Earth, an insecticide, and letting it rest for 24 hours before bringing it indoors will get rid of any residual bugs—and their eggs. 
Avoid using pesticide sprays.
To put it simply, combining Christmas tree lights and flammable bug sprays is a great way to ruin your holiday—and your house. 
Keep A Vaccum Handy
The tips above should be sufficient to keep your tree from becoming infested with bugs this holiday season, but as any house plant mom or dad knows, any time you bring a piece of nature indoors, you’re bound to welcome a bug or two with it. Keep a vacuum handy for any stray aphids or spiders that may fall with the pine needles. 

Contact Home Pest For Your Holiday Pest Control Treatment

One of the best ways to keep pests out of your home this holiday season is to winterize your home and schedule your winter pest control treatment. Give us a call to schedule your next appointment today!
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November 29, 2021

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