If you have a real Christmas tree you probably love that classic ‘real tree smell’ but FYI there could be bugs hiding in it.
According to Nancy Troyano who is an Entomologist there are a handful of insects that make their homes in pine trees– the most common include adelgids, scales, bark beetles, psocids, and mites. Other bugs, like praying mantises, lay their eggs on tree branches. No you won’t notice them right away because the cold temperatures of the outdoors make them dormant but as soon as your tree is inside and warmed up, they spring back to life.
The good news? none of these insects will cause an infestation and are completely harmless. To keep unwanted bugs out of your house, just shake your tree before bringing it inside to dislodge any unwanted bugs and vaccum regularly.
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