Pests Travel Into Homes on Christmas TreesJanay Rickwalder
Monday, November 26, 2012
Christmas trees are a treasured holiday decoration for many
people, but they can come with unwanted holiday surprises – pests.
In fact, an article posted today on
MauiNow.com reports that shipments of
Christmas trees arriving from the Pacific Northwest were widely
infested with slugs and other invasive pests.
This article is a good reminder for people to check the
Christmas tree and other decorations for pests as they begin to
decorate the home for the holidays.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages
people to inspect live, fresh cut evergreen trees, wreathes and
garlands for spiders,
insect nests or eggs before purchasing. In addition, shake greenery
outdoors to remove any pests before bringing them inside and unpack
decorations outdoors so pests aren’t released into the home.
If an infestation occurs, partner with a local, licensed pest
professional to inspect and treat the problem.