Whether you get a real tree every year or opt for an artificial tree that you store in your home, it is important to ensure your Christmas tree is free from pests before bringing it into your home this year. Both real and fake trees are targets of bugs such as spiders, roaches, and mites. Follow our tips below to keep your Christmas tree pest-free this holiday season.

Real Trees:

Every Christmas tree can harbor insectsmites, or spiders. Some of these pests remain on the tree throughout winter and could become active after being exposed to the warm temperatures inside of your home. Although many will stay on the tree, a few may be attracted to sources of light, including light fixtures and windows.

Preventing these potential pests from getting into your home in the first place is your best bet.

We recommend the following tips to keep your real Christmas tree bug-free:

  • Vigorously shaking your tree before entering your home will not only shake off loose needles, but also may knock out any bugs clinging to branches, birds nests, and egg masses on your tree.
  • Check the trunk top to bottom for spiders, roaches, or aphids.
  • Regularly check above and around the tree for spider webs.
  • Turn up the thermostat – bugs living on real trees are used to the cold climate outdoors. Turning up the heat in your home will cause the bugs to either die or flee back outside.
  • We do NOT recommend spraying your tree with bug spray, as it may be flammable.

 

Artificial Trees:

Artificial trees are usually kept in your basement, crawlspace, or attic for 11 months of the year when they are not being used. It is the perfect place for a bug to nest and lay eggs every year.

We recommend the following tips to keep your artificial Christmas tree bug-free:

  • Properly storing your artificial tree in a container that fully closes or a Christmas tree storage bag (not just a box they can easily get in to) can help you keep the bugs out while it is in storage all year round.
  • Unpack your tree outside and give them a good shake to remove any bugs or droppings that could be living in the tree branches.
  • Give the branches a good vacuum before setting up the tree.
  • Check the trunk and branches thoroughly while setting up your tree to ensure there are no eggs or pests living in the tree.