There could be up to 25,000 bugs living in your Christmas tree. Thirty-Three million natural Christmas trees are sold in the United States every year. Insects brought into the warmth of a home behave as though spring has come and become active again.
Some common pests hiding in your Christmas tree:
- Bark Beetles
- Praying Mantises
- Pine Needle Scale
- 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.