Your Living Christmas Tree Is Most Likely Crawling With Bugs

The Christmas tree is the beginning of all the holiday joy, and it symbolizes the spirit that marks the entire winter season.cool stuff, cool stuff, cool stuff

However, despite looking amazing, it can also be the host of numerous critters. Even though they are not dangerous, I bet you would rather have insect-free Christmas decorations in your home.

ThoughCo.com explains:

“Coniferous trees attract a variety of small insects that may be visible only in large numbers. Aphids are common pests of evergreen trees, and the warm conditions of your home may cause overwintering aphid eggs to hatch.

Some conifers host adelgids, which produce cottony secretions over their bodies. Mites and scale insects also inhabit Christmas trees.

Larger Christmas tree insects include bark beetles and praying mantids. Adult mantids will be long gone from the cold temperatures, but mantid egg cases can hatch when introduced to the warmth of your home. If that happens, you’ll have hundreds of tiny mantids wandering in search of food. Christmas trees often harbor spiders, too.”cool stuff, cool stuff, cool stuff

Mites

Mites are most commonly found on douglas-fir, white pine, Fraser fir, and spruce trees, and when exposed to the heat indoors, they become active. They are tiny, light colored, and prey on insect and mite eggs.cool stuff, cool stuff, cool stuff

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