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How To Avoid Bugs In Christmas Trees

It’s Christmas time again! But, if you’re planning on getting a Christmas tree, then there’s something you need to consider. Most Christmas trees are completely riddled with insects. In fact, there may be thousands of insects living within their branches.

This includes things like ants, beetles, moths, flies, aphids, mites and spiders. Yes, it’s nice to have a Christmas tree. But it also means you may inadvertently bring these insects into your home. But how do you avoid bugs in Christmas trees?

Why do these insects end up in our trees?

The presence of bugs in Christmas trees will mostly depend on where you get the tree from. Trees from abroad tend to have a range of pests we don’t necessarily get in the UK. it’s always best to get a tree that’s been supplied by a reputable local Christmas tree farm if you can. These trees have fewer insects. They often take steps to reduce the insects in their trees. For example, many farms use mechanical tree shakers, which help to get rid of insects. Also, most farms spray their products with insecticide.

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Ultimately, if you’re really concerned about bugs in Christmas trees, you can always get a plastic tree. While plastic trees are not as nice as a real tree, at least you won’t have to deal with insects! However, if you prefer a real tree there are things you can do that will make your Christmas tree winter pest control easier.

Tips for avoiding bugs in Christmas trees

Despite the measures taken by the supplier, there may still be insects in yoir tree. So what can you do about this? Start by leaving the tree outside before bringimg it indoors. Try to do this for one to two days and place the tree in direct sunlight, if possible. Any insects that are hidden in the branches should crawl away. Next, shake the tree as hard as you can for several minutes. This will help to get rid of bugs in Christmas trees.  

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You should also brush the tree thoroughly with a broom. You may even want to vacuum the tree. Finally, closely examine your tree before bringing it inside. Use a torch to illuminate every nook and cranny. Keep a look out for insects, and especially things like egg sacks and webs as you don’t want an insect or spider invasion once these hatch. Do this again while decorating the tree.

One thing you should avoid doing is spraying insecticide. This may harm your tree. Also, most shop bought insect sprays are flammable. If you’re using Christmas tree lights, then the combination could end up being a dangerous and memorable Christmas.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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