How to get rid of the of bugs in your real Christmas tree

Posted at 2:33 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 14:58:39-05

A new report suggested that there could be as many as 25,000 bugs living in your real Christmas tree, and while most of the bugs aren't dangerous and eventually die, we're taking a look at the ways you can get rid of them.

Pest control company Safer Brand says the most common bugs are aphids, spiders & mites, adelgids, sawflies, praying mantises and bark beetles.

The company also gives five tips for preventing unwanted bugs from getting in your house from the Christmas tree.

Those are:

  • When choosing a tree, examine the undersides of branches and the trunk. Prune any branches you find with egg cases or bird nests
  • Leave the Christmas tree in your garage for a few days
  • Get a white sheet and shake the tree vigorously over it to dislodge any bugs
  • Vacuum up any insects on or around the tree
  • Dust the tree with Diatomaceous Earth or spray with neem oil to kill any bugs still on the tree

Safer Brand says you shouldn't worry about the bugs though, as most are harmless and won't destroy your harm. Most of the bugs also live in the tree, not on it.