Image Credit: Baldur Helgason from New York, USA
The smell of evergreen puts one in the mood for the holidays.
While the warmth of our homes accentuates the evergreen smell, it may also rouse any insects hibernating in your tree.
Some small insects that may be over wintering in your tree are aphids, spider mites, beetles, praying matids and the occasional spider.
Don’t panic! Most of them won’t be able to survive for long without adequate food and humidity. Most of these insects need to live outdoors and won’t do any permanent damage to your home.
Here are some helpful tips when purchasing your tree and before bringing it indoors. Inspect the tree for any small insects, making sure to examine the underside of the branches. Look at the trunk, rejecting any tree that may have small holes with sawdust trails. This could be a sign of bark beetles. Shake the tree vigorously to dislodge any insects. Prune out any egg casings you may find, placing the branch in an area outdoors, where the egg casing can hatch out undisturbed in the spring. Move onto another tree if a tree seems heavily infested with insects.
If you happen to find an insect residing in your tree or wandering among the gifts, simply sweep it up and place it back outdoors. The chances of having an insect infestation are rare, so go ahead and enjoy your tree. If you would like to learn more please visit our Pest Library and Knowledge Center.
All of us at World Pest Control/Sunflower Services wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season.