A living Christmas tree is something that many people like to have at home in order to mark the Christmas spirit. It has an amazing smell and it looks amazing with all of our decorations on it.
But, if your tree is alive and you got it from outdoors where it grew up, you have to remember that it will be abundant in small critters which live in it. Still, they aren’t dangerous and aren’t a risk for your home. After all, you might not want any unwanted guests to your Christmas party!
This insect is very common insect and it’s probably on your tree. It is an insect with 6 legs which measures one-eighth of an inch. It doesn’t have wings and stays on the tree throughout its whole life. If it produces an offspring, there might be some a winged variety. When you bring it inside your home, it starts mimicking the conditions of spring. Its life cycle develops. You might notice some hatchlings very fats.
Cinara aphid is the most common variety. It can be mostly seen on spruces, pines, Fraser fir, white fir trees and balsam fir. Still, they only feed by your tree, so if they don’t have anything to eat, they’ll probably die.
Mites are found in different species. They are mostly seen on the white pine, douglas-fir, spruce trees and Fraser fir. As adults, they overwinter as adults. They only become active when you expose them to the heat from your home. They are on the tree. They prey on mite eggs and insects. They are very small, so you might not even notice them. They are slightly colored and are very small. One of their variety is bigger and its color is bright red. These mites are related to the chiggers, but they are harmless when they are adult.
You have to watch out for bird’s nests, too. You need to remove them before you take them home since there are some kinds of bird parasites (mites) that you can take inside, too.
Spiders are predators for the insects. They aren’t dangerous to us. You might be afraid of them, but they can actually clear your whole tree of any parasite. In case you’ve seen a spider on your tree, it may be a spiderling or some overwintering species. Still, they should be outdoors, so they’ll probably die when you take them inside.
They can’t do much damage. There can only be some webs that you can remove easily with a brush or a vacuum cleaner.
Keeping bugs out
You can do several things in order to prevent insects to take over your home for the holidays. Try to take a good look at the tree trunk as well as the branches. There shouldn’t be any visible eggs or egg sacks as well as other infestations. Leave the tree in your garage for 1 day before you bring it inside. Spray it with some neem oil afterwards. All the remaining insects will be gone. Make sure you don’t use any insecticide since they are very flammable.
In case you want to avoid bugs, buy a fake tree. It’s also a good and festive option and it comes without any unwelcome guests for Christmas!
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