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Can Bugs Live in My Christmas Tree?

December 10, 2019


There's nothing like a real Christmas tree. The scent of a Norwegian pine or the beauty of a Douglas fir can stir the holiday spirit in even the biggest Grinch. But there could be a nasty surprise waiting in your tree. As many as 25,000 bugs could be lurking among the branches of the centerpiece to your holiday decor. Our team at Nozzle Nolen provides professional pest control services in many Florida communities. We offer these tips to help prevent a pest invasion from ruining your holiday season.

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There's nothing like a real Christmas tree. The scent of a Norwegian pine or the beauty of a Douglas fir can stir the holiday spirit in even the biggest Grinch. But there could be a nasty surprise waiting in your tree. As many as 25,000 bugs could be lurking among the branches of the centerpiece to your holiday decor. Our team at Nozzle Nolen provides professional pest control services in many Florida communities. We offer these tips to help prevent a pest invasion from ruining your holiday season.

What are Christmas tree bugs?

While the bugs found in most Christmas trees aren't dangerous, you don't want them in your home. Aphids, praying mantises, spiders, mites, and bark beetles are the most common invaders. While most of these pests won't harm your family or pets, the sight of them is enough to warrant a call for winter pest control. Bugs often land in trees during the spring. When they find themselves in the cozy confines of your home during the winter months, they will likely think it's spring again and come out of hibernation.

Christmas Tree Pest Invasion Prevention

Many tree farms provide winter pest control by spraying their trees with insecticides, using tree shakers, or both. If not, find out whether your Christmas-tree seller will shake out your tree for a fee. Once you get your tree home, keep it in the garage for a few days. The warmer indoor temperature will make bugs think it's spring again, and they'll emerge inside your garage instead of your living room. Place the tree on a white sheet and spray it with neem oil or sprinkle it with Diatomaceous Earth. Shake the tree vigorously and sweep up any bugs. Although most insects won't survive this pest control regimen, you'll be glad to know that Christmas tree bugs usually dry out and die under indoor conditions.

Uninvite Pests From Your Festivities

Preventing a pest invasion by Christmas tree bugs is a pretty simple endeavor. However, if these or other insects are making your holiday season less merry and bright, call on the winter pest control pros at Nozzle Nolen. We provide safe, effective pest control services to our residential and commercial customers in Broward, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Loxahatchee, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties. Contact us for winter pest control today!




 

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