What Insects to Look Out for In Your Christmas Tree

What Insects to Look Out for In Your Christmas Tree

Shorter days, golden leaves and crisp mornings all signal the impending Christmas season. This is a very fun but often stressful time of year for families in the Carolinas and Virginia. 

Coordinating events and finishing a ton of shopping are both necessary, and the Christmas season wouldn't be the same without the occasional battle with crowds. However, when you’re home with your family, you might be able to steal a few moments of peace, calm, and rest. 

One of the time-honored traditions families look forward to is finding and decorating the perfect tree. From the day after Thanksgiving through December, residents of the mountains and foothills might see hundreds of cars with trees fastened to their roofs, soon to be wrapped in lights and covered in sentimental decorations. 

Many don’t even stop to ask if it’s possible that taking these trees inside your home might mean you’ll be taking other things inside your home, namely pests. In this article, we are discussing some of the pests to watch for in and around your tree. 


Pests That Might Be Hiding Under Your Tree

We’ll break down this list into two categories:

  • Pests that might have come with your tree.
  • Pests that might be using your tree for cover.

1. Pests That Come With Your Tree

Here are a few pests that might have hitched a ride within your tree:

  • Aphids: Your Christmas tree's lower branches and boughs may have aphids. They are often safe for humans and your tree, despite the fact that they can cause serious harm to your garden's plants and flowers. Aphids can attract ladybugs, which can create their own issues.
  • Mites: One of the tiniest pests on earth is a mite. You can only just barely see them. These little brown or red mites will eventually cause needles to fall off entirely too soon, which can ruin the aesthetic of your tree.
  • Praying Mantis: Even if they are not quite the wise men from the manger scene, these insects look clever and pious. Although they seem to be generally relatively harmless, you might want to have them eliminated as they can lay up to 400 eggs. Be aware that killing a praying mantis is not actually against the law, contrary to the popular myth.
  • Bark Beetles and Sawflies: Bark beetles and sawflies, which are less frequent than the other insects on this list, can live in your tree. If you do see evidence of these, you’ll want to have them exterminated immediately. 

2. Pests That Might Be Using Your Tree for Cover

Some pests might be in your home already, but using your tree for cover:

  • Spiders: If you have a home in the Carolinas or Virginia, there is a good chance you have a few spiders crawling around. Bringing a tree inside your house is introducing cover for the spiders already inside or who might come in later. The only venomous spiders in our area are Brown Recluses, Black Widows, Yellow Sac Spiders, and False Black Widows. Brown Recluses and Black Widows can be a serious concern for your family, but no one likes any spiders making themselves at home in your house.
  • Ants: Sugary baked foods are frequently linked to the winter holidays. Ants know when they may find a good treat in your house. They are not simply warm-weather pests where we live. Carpenter ants should be avoided since they may seriously harm the wood and flooring in your home.
  • Stink Bugs: One of the most obtrusive pests in the fall and winter are these beetles. They exude an offensive chemical when threatened, making everyone wish they had never existed. Unfortunately, your tree is the perfect hiding place for stink bugs. 
  • Roaches: Roaches are also attracted to the sugary treats we often have near our trees during Christmas. 
  • Beetles: A host of other beetles can be found in and around your Christmas tree. 
  • Mice: The same items that entice roaches and ants may also tempt mice to invade your home during the holidays. Sadly, mice will gnaw through walls and electrical wires, inflicting harm and leaving droppings behind. Your tree may conceal a mouse's hole. 

How to Keep Pests Out of Your Home at Christmas

Some lots will shake your tree before fastening it to your vehicle. While certain bugs could be dislodged and prevented from climbing into your tree as a result of this, it won't completely get rid of them. Once your tree is up, be sure to routinely inspect it for insect activity. 

If you have an ozone machine, you could also put it in a clear room (no animals or humans present) and ozonate the room along with the tree. Again, make sure no one (pets or people!) are present in the room!

Eliminate any insects and pests you do find as quickly as you can. Consider removing it once the holiday season is over to lessen the likelihood that pests may congregate on your tree into the new year.

Your expert exterminator can assist you in getting rid of pests that are using your tree for cover. Rid-A-Bug is delighted to kick them out of your home, so you can just enjoy your holiday celebrations. You can have a bug-free Christmas season with the assistance of our qualified team.

The majority of Christmas tree pests are not particularly dangerous to people, but their presence might draw other insects that can cause harm. Of course, all pests are unwelcome visitors that you want to remove as quickly as possible from your tree, home, and Christmas.

You need expert extermination services whether you have a Christmas tree or any other form of bothersome pests in your house this fall or winter. Contact Rid-A-Bug for fast, efficient pest extermination!