Fresh Christmas Trees Could Be The Home To Thousands Of Bugs

The bugs that live on Christmas trees are normally dormant during winter months, but being in a warm home can wake them up…

By austind03 on November 27, 2017
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For some families, picking out a fresh Christmas tree every December is a holiday tradition.

However, the tree might not be the only thing you’re taking home with you……

KCRA 3 revealed that Christmas trees could be harboring up to 25,000 bugs in them, and these little critters are getting a fast pass right into your home.

As it turns out, the bugs that usually live on these trees go dormant in the winter months. Unless you keep your home at refrigerator temperatures, they’ll begin to wake up once they get inside.

Thankfully, the most common insects found on Christmas trees are aphids, Adelgids, and bark beetles. These guys mainly want to stick with the tree, and they won’t go wandering around your house.

However, praying mantis’, ticks, mites, and psocids have been found in certain circumstances (such as unusually warm weather outside).

Luckily, most farms have mechanical tree shakers that will knock these insects off before you take your tree home. And if you’re still worried, shaking your tree in the parking lot can also do the trick.

Learn more about how to avoid insects in your Christmas tree right here.

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