5 Tips to Prevent Christmas Tree Insects
Few holiday activities are more beloved than picking out a Christmas tree! In addition to looking beautiful, Christmas trees smell great and are the perfect holiday decorations. Unfortunately, entomologists have claimed that a single tree can contain up to 25,000 insects at a time! No one wants to deal with a pest infestation in their homes, especially during the holidays. To learn how to prevent Christmas tree insects in your home this holiday season, keep reading for expert tips from The Hitmen.
How to Prevent Christmas Tree Pests
There are a few precautions you can take to avoid the frustration of dealing with Christmas tree pests in your home during the holiday season. The 4 main ways you can prevent a Christmas tree pest infestation:
- Inspect before buying. Before choosing a tree, inspect it for irregularities, spots, damaged branches or trunk, or signs of pests.
- Shake it out! On your own or with the assistance of an attendant, vigorously shake out the tree before bringing it home with you.
- Leave the tree in the garage. Store the Christmas tree in your garage or a covered area for a few days to settle.
- Use a vacuum to clean up. Regularly inspect your tree, vacuum up falling needles, and, if necessary, vacuum up any pests.
Most Common Christmas Tree Insects
Whether you choose a Douglas fir, spruce tree, balsam fir, or white pine, there are several common Christmas tree pests to be aware of. Perhaps the most common Christmas tree pest is the aphid, which is a tiny bug often found on the lower branches of trees. Aphids are common in balsam firs and spruce trees, and leave a dark stain when crushed.
Some other typical Christmas tree insects are spiders, mites, bark beetles, sawflies, moths, and even praying mantises. Although most of these insects are harmless, they can cause a lot of frustration for any homeowner that has to deal with an infestation.
Christmas Tree Pest Removal
If you bring home a Christmas tree only to realize it’s seriously infested with insects, it’s recommended to get a new one or replace it. It’s important to not spray any pesticides on your tree because aerosols are flammable, which may interfere with the lights and decorations. For more tips on how to prevent Christmas tree pests, call The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control today!