How to Get a Pest Free Christmas Tree


family dragging christmas tree out of the woods

The holidays are near and many families in the D.C., VA, and MD area are planning to get real Christmas trees due to their natural beauty, pine scent, and being a wonderful activity to get the family in the spirit of the holidays. This Christmas tradition, however, does not come without its share of risks. Real Christmas trees are known to be full of bugs and without proper precaution, you may unwittingly invite these pests indoors for the holidays.

In an effort to keep your home pest free this Christmas, it is important to be aware of these possibilities and that you follow these proven tips from the pest control experts at American Pest:

  • Vigorously shake the tree outdoors to dislodge any insects, eggs, and loose needles.
  • Remove any bird nests or egg masses, which are commonly found on undersides of branches and the trunk.
  • Do Not use insect sprays as they are flammable and other alternative solutions are available.
  • Vacuum any insects found on or around the tree.
  • Keep an eye out for any insect activity in the tree and your home.

The following insects are some examples of those commonly found on Christmas trees. Most of these insects are harmless to you, however, should you cut your own live tree this Christmas we recommend that you follow the above precautions to help prevent the possibility of bugs raiding your home this winter.

  • Adelgids (aphid-like insects that are covered with a white waxy coating)
  • Aphids
  • Bark Beetles
  • Mites
  • Praying Mantids
  • Psocids
  • Sawfly
  • Scale Insects
  • Spiders
  • Webworms

Christmas trees are where insects commonly venture from during the holidays. However, all of your other holiday decorations that have been in storage for the past year are also prone to harboring insects. Be sure to follow proper precautions to check your décor and store it properly each year.

Here at American Pest, we encourage you to stick to your living Christmas tree tradition. Follow our preventative guidelines to help keep your home safe. We wish a safe and joyous holiday season to our customers and all residents of Washington D.C. and surrounding areas. If you end up with an infestation, please contact us to keep your home pest free with help from American Pest.


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