Wellness Shot: Common Christmas Tree Bugs & How To Get Rid Of Them

If you buy a Christmas tree are you bringing home extra hitchhikers like little bugs?? I saw on 'Vallejo Happenings' on Facebook that someone bought a Christmas tree that ended up having termites on them.

Once you’ve got that festive tree inside your home, the warmth will likely wake up the bugs. Here are some ways to pre-treat your tree and keep infestations out of your home courtesy of Safer Brands:

  • Check the undersides of branches and the trunk of the tree for pests. You should prune any branches that have egg casings or bird nests as some might. 
  • Try diatomaceous earth, which is a chemical-free, odor-free powder. Dust your tree with it while it’s still outside and shake off any excess before you bring the tree in to decorate it. 
  • Leave the tree inside the garage for a few days as a way to clean out the pests. While it’s in the garage you can set up a white sheet under it and shake it to dislodge the bugs and then vacuum or sweep them up. 
  • Try Neem Oil Spray. The spray targets insects at any growth stage and it should be used before you trim the tree and anytime you spot any insects.

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