Beware of Christmas Tree Pests

As the holiday season approaches, many people purchase Christmas trees that they put up in their home.

For many people, the smell of fresh pine is a must and they purchase a real tree from a Christmas tree farm outdoors. When people purchase a real tree to put into their living room, they rarely consider what might be living inside of their next Christmas tree.

Real Christmas trees often contain insects, mites, and spiders.

The warm temperatures of your home might cause these insects to become active.

However, the large majority of pests that are hanging onto your Christmas tree are not a threat to your home or your family.

For the most part, it is just bothersome to know that they are there.

Some Christmas tree farms have mechanical tree shakers available which will shake the tree and remove loose needles along with any pests. If you have the option to take advantage of a mechanical tree shaker, we suggest doing so.

Scan your Christmas tree before purchasing for any indication of insect eggs or insects.

For the most part, they aren’t really visible but it’s worth sifting through it. Make sure you are also checking your Christmas tree for vacant bird nests. Although some people want to leave them inside as a decoration, they likely contain mites or lice.

Spiders are a very common Christmas tree pest.

Although you don’t want a room full of spiders, spiders do eat other insects and they will not harm you or your home. Most spiders them will remain on the tree and you may never even see them. If you do notice your Christmas tree has a trace of insects of insect eggs, make sure you remove them with non-chemical substances.

Most chemical insect spray is flammable and it should not be sprayed on a Christmas tree because you are likely going to be placing lights onto the branches.

Most insects are attracted to light. If any insects venture off of the tree and into your home, they will likely go towards windows, doors, or lamps. For the most part, you should not have many issues with Christmas tree pests. Most insects will enjoy the season from the comfort of their tree, rarely wandering elsewhere.

If you do face issues with pests this winter, call Amherst Exterminators to take care of it for you.