Christmas is one of the favorite holidays during the whole year. Many people like having Christmas decorations at home and the Christmas tree is the main one. But, there are people who use living Christmas trees. They’re excellent since their smell is amazing and they can’t be compared to the fake ones, but here we’re going to present you several things that could prevent you from buying it! First of all, it can be full of critters!
Were you aware that trees that grew outside can have some wildlife that you might not want at home? Here, we’re presenting you the most common types that can be noticed on a Christmas tree.
This insect is very common. It is a creature with six legs which comprises one-eighth of an inch. It doesn’t have wings and usually stays on the tree during its life. Still, if it somehow produces an offspring, there might be a winged variety. When the tree is inside, it starts to mimic the conditions of springtime and their life cycle develops and becomes active.
The Cinara aphid is known as the most common variety of aphid. It can be noticed on white fir trees, pines, balsam fir, spruces and Fraser fir. Still, you have to know that they only survive because they feed on your tree.
Many mites can enter your home. You can mostly find them on spruce trees, Douglas-fir, Fraser fir and white pine. As adults, they overwinter. When they come into contact with the heat from your home, they become active.
They stay on the tree and there they prey on insects and also mite eggs. They’re tiny, so you might as well not notice them, but if you want to see them, they do have some light color. One of their varieties is larger. It is bright red and is a relative of chiggers. When they’re in their adult state, they’re harmless.
Be careful! If you take a living tree inside your home, it might have an old bird’s nest inside. You have to remove it before you take it inside since it contains bird parasites (mites) which can be dangerous.
Spiders aren’t dangerous to humans since they are the predators to the insects on the tree. You might find them creepy, but they’ll help you remove many of the bugs from your tree. Spiders can be spiderlings that hatched when they became exposed to the heat from your home or overwintering species. Still, they have to be outdoors. If they aren’t, they’ll probably die.
Probably the worst thing you can notice of them are some webs that you can remove using a brush or a vacuum cleaner.
Keeping bugs out
In case you want to protect yourself from insects that invade your home during the holiday season, you need to do several things. Try to look at the branches of the tree as well as its trunk carefully. It shouldn’t contain any infestations or egg sacs that are visible. Leave it in the garage for several days.
In that ways, the insects will be able to leave the tree. Another thing you can do is shake it really hard before you bring it at home. The last suggestion is spraying a bit of neem oil. All of the remaining insects will die. Make sure you avoid insecticides since they can be flammable.
A good option would also be buying a fake Christmas tree. It can also be very festive and decorative as the living one, plus you won’t have any “unwelcome guests” at home that will terrify you!