Can Real Christmas Trees Cause an Insect Infestation?

It’s that time of year again, and like many others, you probably already have a Christmas tree proudly displayed in your home. While many people opt for artificial trees made of metal and plastic, there are still many people who opt for a real fir or spruce tree in their home for the holiday. One thing that many people don’t consider is that these real trees are often homes for real insects. So the question is: will we end up with pests because of our real Christmas tree? Keller Pest Control has more than thirty years of experience dealing with pests of all sorts and are dedicated to keeping your home free from pests. Let’s take a look at the types of insects you may be welcoming into your home with your real Christmas tree and determine if they are harmful or not.

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Unfortunately, there is a chance that bringing a real Christmas tree into your home could also introduce different species of insects inside. The good news is that most species are dormant during the winter months. Even if you do happen to notice any insects in your tree, most of them are completely harmless and pose little to no threat to your home or family. Some of the more common insects that you may find hanging around in your Christmas tree include aphids, bark beetles, spiders, and other smaller insects. These insects generally feed on moist wood or mold, so they will either die or move on quickly in the dryer winter weather. The only other real danger here is that spiders may bite, but this is a very rare occurrence.

What Can I Do to Prevent Bringing Insects into My Home?

If you plan on bringing a real Christmas tree into your home, you should do your due diligence to make sure there are no pests present. Start by taking a long visual inspection of the tree, shining a light into the branches. If you should notice any insects, egg sacks, or any other suspicious signs, then it might be a good idea to look at another tree. Once you have selected a tree, give it a good shake. This should shake any pests loose, while also getting rid of some of the extra needles in the process (note: if you see a lot of needles, you may want to try another tree). After you are confident in the tree you have chosen, be sure to inspect it one last time before bringing it into the house and setting it up.

Regardless of whether you find pests in your Christmas tree or not, Keller Pest Control are dedicated to making sure your home is pest-free. If you notice signs of concern around your house, contact us, and we will properly diagnose and treat your insect problem to ensure that you don’t have anymore guests for the holidays than you are already expecting. Thank you for your continued support, and have a wonderful holiday season, from your friends at Keller Pest Control.