Common Christmas Tree Pests & How to Avoid Them

Are you opting for a real Christmas Tree this year? If so then you need to be aware of some of the potential pests that it could bring into your home! A single tree can hold up to 25,000 microscopic bugs! The most common pests hiding in Christmas trees include Aphids, Spiders, Mites, Bark Beetles, Sawflies, and Praying Mantis. The good news is, most of these pests are not harmful, but that doesn't mean you want them in your home!

Here are a few tips to reduce the risk of Christmas Tree pests.

  • Inspect your tree thoroughly before bringing it inside for any signs of pests.
  • At the tree lot, have the attendant shake the tree pretty vigorously to shake off bugs. Some lots employ tree shakers to do this daily!
  • Leave the tree in your garage or other covered area for a few days before bringing it inside to decorate.
  • Before you bring your tree into the house, give it another shake over a drop cloth. If you see anything out of the ordinary you might want to reconsider bringing it inside.
  • If you do find pests after bringing the tree inside, remove them with a vacuum cleaner and dispose of the bag in your outside garbage immediately.
  • If there is a large number of pests, contact your pest control service.



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