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Beware of Christmas Tree Bugs This Holiday

christmas-treesIf you plan on or already have purchased a Christmas tree for the holiday season, you’re not alone. Millions of people do it. But they are usually not aware of the critters that may be hopping on board. About 33 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. every year. And the crazy part is that there could be up to 25,000 bugs in one Christmas tree.

The good news is most bugs found in Christmas trees are not dangerous to people. They usually die from starvation once you bring the Christmas tree inside.

Aphids are one of the most common Christmas tree bugs and can be found on the lower boughs of the tree. Aphids are most common in evergreen and pine trees. Several other bugs might be crawling in a Christmas tree, including spiders, mites, praying mantises and bark beetles.

PestDepot.com offers the following tips to avoid Christmas tree bugs:

  • Examine the undersides of branches and the trunk. Be on the lookout for egg cases or bird nests
  • Leave the Christmas tree in your garage for a few days before bringing it inside.
  • Get a white sheet and shake the tree over it to get rid of any bugs.
  • Vacuum up any insects on or around the tree. Dust the tree or spray it with neem oil to kill any bugs

We all love “real” Christmas trees over “fake” plastic Christmas trees. But with real trees, one needs to be mindful of the bugs that may “hitchhike” on your beautiful tree. If you think you have an issue with those critters, please contact PestDepot.com. The site where you need to go if you are dealing with rodents, termites, or any bugs or insects for that matter.  Yes, this includes snakes as well. We do full home check-ups not only for bugs & insects but for rodents as well. A highly rated Florida company is waiting for your call now so we can get out there and make your home nuisance free.

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