Pest-Proof Your Christmas Tree in 5 Steps

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and for many people that means going out to pick a Christmas tree! Few things evoke the holiday spirit like a fresh Christmas tree, but they can also bring unwanted infestations into your property. If you plan on bringing a Christmas tree into your restaurant, retail store, hospital, or office building, it’s important to learn how to prevent common Christmas tree insects from invading your building.

What are Christmas Tree Bugs?

Thankfully, Christmas tree insects are typically tiny and harmless. Nonetheless, their presence in your commercial property is not welcomed. The most common Christmas tree insects are:

  • Aphids: These minuscule bugs are usually found in the lower branches of evergreen, balsam fir, spruce, Fraser firs, and white fir trees.
  • Mites: Mites are known to cause needle loss in Douglas fir, white pine, spruce trees, or Fraser firs.
  • Spiders: Probably the most feared Christmas tree pest is the spider! Spider egg sacs hidden within Christmas trees can cause homeowners a lot of grief.
  • Beetles: Bark beetles are wood-boring insects about the size of a grain of rice. Seeing holes in the branches or trunk of your tree—or sawdust on your floor—are signs of bark beetles.
  • Praying mantises: Adult praying mantises are green and can grow to be quite large. Egg sacs, which can contain up to 400 eggs, can also be found on trees. These bugs are harmless and can be carried outside.

How to Prevent Christmas Tree Insects

If you own a commercial property that sees a lot of visitors, it’s important to stay pest-free throughout the entire year. There are several ways to prevent Christmas tree insects from setting up shop inside your property:

  1. Inspect your tree. Before picking a winner, inspect the Christmas tree for irregularities, spots, damaged branches or trunk, or signs of pests.
  2. Shake out the Christmas tree. Ask the tree lot attendant to vigorously shake out the tree before leaving the lot.
  3. Keep it outside initially. Before bringing the tree inside, let it sit in your garage for a day or two.
  4. Use a vacuum regularly. Once inside, regularly inspect your tree, vacuum up falling needles and any lingering pests.
  5. Take proper care of your tree. Bugs can be attracted to diseased trees. Water your tree regularly and continue to inspect for signs of pests.

Getting Rid of Christmas Tree Pests

If you find yourself with an infested Christmas tree, it’s important to act promptly. You may wish to replace the Christmas tree entirely. Most Christmas tree bugs will die within a few days of being indoors, but the exterminators at Isotech Pest Management are here to help. Give our team a call today for more advice on preventing Christmas tree insects!

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