Can Bed Bugs Live in Christmas Trees?

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There’s a festive chill in the air, holiday decorations are up around town, and some hot cocoa is the perfect end to a long day at work. If you and your family like to enjoy the smell and look of a real Christmas tree, you might be wondering if your perfectly decorated tree can serve as a hideout for small critters, including bed bugs!

If you are worried about creepy crawlies in your home during the holiday season, our team of pest control heroes is here to help. Just think of us as Santa’s elves… We’re putting in the hard work now to make sure you can enjoy your holiday season! Call us at  888-MRCLEGG or contact us below to speak with a member of our team. We can help you schedule your FREE in-home inspection and explain our process if you’re new to the Clegg’s family – we’re looking forward to hearing from you!


Do Bed Bugs Live in Christmas Trees?

Think you might have a few bugs enjoying the warmth of your Christmas tree? It’s probably not a bed bug, since bed bugs are not usually found on Spruce or Fir trees. Go ahead and cozy up in your jammies… It’s time to watch Christmas movies by the fire!

What Kind of Bugs Do Live in Christmas Trees?

Whenever you bring a plant into your home, you risk also bringing in a critter. There are a few common insects that like to make Christmas trees their home, including aphids, bark beetles, mites, praying mantis, and everyone’s least favorite, spiders. Most of these bugs are dormant during the winter months but will warm up once brought inside. None of these bugs pose a threat to your family or pets, unless someone has allergies, but it is still best to prevent them from entering your home in the first place.



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How Do I Get Bugs Out of My Christmas Tree?


On the off-chance that you do find some critters in your tree, don’t panic. They are just trying to stay warm, and your home is an inviting space! However, we all know that bugs inside are a nuisance to all, and they belong outside in their natural habitat.

If you spot bugs on your tree, DO NOT use aerosol pesticides. These are usually flammable, and with a drying tree and warm lights, you don’t want to risk the possibility of starting a fire. If you see any larger nc bugs, like a praying mantis or spider, simply move it outdoors using a branch or cup. Other insects are smaller and nearly invisible to the eye. They will likely die after a few days without food, and you will be able to vacuum them up along with any fallen needles.

You can also prevent bugs from hitching a ride on your Christmas tree by shaking it out when you purchase it. Whether it’s on a farm or in the woods, giving your tree a good shake is a great way to dislodge any bugs who are hanging out in there.


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Bugs ruining your holiday season? Call your Clegg’s local pest control heroes!

As always, if you have any questions about your pest control needs or require service this holiday season, our team is ready to jump into action and make this year’s holiday season the best one for you yet. Contact us below or call us at 888-MRCLEGG for more information or to schedule an appointment today!