Hitchhiking Insects Do Not Spread Holiday Cheer

For many Americans, the passing of the Thanksgiving holiday means that it is time to head to the local hardware store or roadside stand and pick out the perfect evergreen to welcome in the Christmas holiday season.  Entranced with the smell of delightfully smelling needles, not many American’s will give a second thought to the possibility of insects living inside of a newly cut or live tree report Monmouth Country NJ exterminators.

Home and business owners are often surprised to learn that there are many different types of insects that can be joining their holiday festivities once that beautiful symbol of Christmas has been brought indoors.

Once insects are brought indoors on a Christmas tree, the warmth of the interior of a home will signal to any hitchhikers or hidden insect eggs that it is the start of spring.  The development of many types of insects will then spread throughout the building, allowing the critters to be creeping around into cracks and crevices, walls, or on window sills as they look for a way to escape outdoors.

Here are some hitchhiking insect pests, and their typical hiding places within a Christmas tree…

  • Spiders
  • Ticks
  • Aphids
  • Ants
  • Mites (from bird nests)
  • Scale Insects

It is not recommended that Christmas trees be treated with any type of pesticide as it will make the plant extremely flammable once the Christmas lights are attached and operating.  If insects have found their way into your home or business on your Christmas tree, its time contact a Monmouth County NJ exterminator who will be able to eradicate any sneaky incoming pests.