Does Your Christmas Tree Have Thousands Of Bugs In It?
There seems to be a new debate across America--does your real Christmas tree really have thousands of bugs in it? Travel & Leisure recently posted an article saying that there could be up to 25,000 bugs in your tree. That article used data that was collected by a pest control company, Saferbrand.com, that just so happens to have a product that can help you get rid of all the "delgids, aphids, bark beetles, mites, praying mantises, psocids, scale insects, spiders, moths, sawflies, weevils, bark lice and webworms" that live in your Christmas tree.
However, the Penn State Department of Entomology tends to disagree with those numbers. The department says that "fears of introducing unwanted and potentially harmful pests into the home via the tree are unwarranted." They say only a couple of bugs are actually in your tree and add that you should NOT use any chemicals on your tree in order to get rid of the bugs. Why? Because they're flammable and that's not a good mix with those Christmas lights.
So, the debate rages on...I guess the only way to completely be sure that your Christmas tree doesn't have any bugs on it is to get a fake one...or stick with the real tree and hope there aren't thousands of bug lurking in it...sleep well! :)
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