Could your Christmas Tree Be Infested With Up to 25,000 Bugs

by Super User
Including aphids, spiders, mites, adelgids, pine needle scale, sawflies, praying mantises and bark beetles.What would Santa Say? A warning from pest control company Rentakill might have even die-hard Christmas tree lovers opting for a fake one this year! And Santa would be Shocked! As many as 35,000 bugs are lurking on the average Christmas tree, according to an infographic posted on Rentokill website. These pests, according to the UK based company, commonly include aphids, spiders, mites, adelgids, pine needle scale, sawflies, praying mantises and bark beetles.

While Rentokill says these critters are relatively harmless — and, what's more, most can't survive long in the warm, dry conditions of the average home — some of them can be pretty inconvenient. Squishing aphids, for example, can leave a stain on furniture and fabric, and mites can cause your tree's needles to die and fall off early. Praying mantises are arguably the worst offenders of the bunch, as their eggs — as many as 400 in all — can hatch after being left indoors for a prolonged period of time.

Are you Creeped out? There is a number of preventative steps you can take to rid your holiday decorations of hangers-on. Rentokill recommends removing any branches with visible eggs or nests; leaving the tree outside or in the garage for a few days before bringing it indoors; shaking the tree to manually remove bugs; vacuuming up bugs you can spot on or near the tree; and, if you're really serious, treating the tree with either diatomaceous earth or neem oil to kill any pests that remain.

Rentokill cited a French insect expert, who found that that locally grown, hardwood trees tend to carry fewer insects. The expert added that “there are plenty of insects and bugs in potted plants that are regular features in most households.” In other words: Don't freak out. Just be aware that when your family gathers around the tree this year, you may have more guests than you planned.

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