“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, such pleasure do you bring me.”
So says this classic Christmas song. And many Americans agree, especially this year as they remain at home looking for things that bring them joy and pleasure. Tree farms, shops and big box stores are reporting that their live 2020 Christmas tree inventory is going faster – and earlier – than ever before.
Aside from the fresh pine scent you enjoy with one, a live tree is also eco-friendly. While they are growing, real trees convert carbon dioxide to oxygen, reduce erosion and provide habitat for many animals. Because real Christmas trees are a crop grown by farmers, after a tree is harvested a new one is planted in its place to be harvested in the future for people to enjoy as a planned crop production cycle. Plus, after the holiday is over, they are fully recyclable and biodegradable.
Oh, and there’s one other thing that might come along with your live tree this year. Bugs.
Commercially grown Christmas trees are probably going to be pretty clean, but if you like to choose and cut your own tree, that’s when you may encounter a problem. To reduce your chances of getting a buggy tree, it’s a good idea to inspect it and shake it, before decorating and enjoying it. Here are some tips:
Begin by checking the tree at the lot before bringing it home.
Once you get it home, shake it outdoors and wash it with a hose if you are concerned about pollen or have allergies. Then put it in water in the garage and wait at least 24 hours before bringing it inside and decorating it.
Don’t spray trees with pesticides, as chemicals linger and flammable sprays don’t mix well with Christmas tree lights.
Be sure to vacuum regularly around its base. This will keep pine needles off your floor, and will also snatch up any bugs that have decided to climb off the tree and go exploring. Then dispose of the vacuum bag or clean the canister afterwards.
Some of the more common Christmas tree bugs are aphids, agelgids, pine needle scale insects, spiders, bark beetles, sawflies, psocids and praying mantises. Look carefully at your tree. Scale insects and aphids are sap-feeding insects that can be found on the trunk, limbs and the woody parts of the tree. This is also where you’ll find bark beetles and psocids.
Adelgids are more likely to be found on the limbs or green parts of the tree, and they can lay eggs that are white and sac-like, with wispy webbing around them. They are pretty easy to spot against the green of the tree limbs. As for spiders, they’ll show up anywhere on your tree – on the trunk or within the boughs of the tree.
While they are gross and unwelcome, these bugs will not harm you, so don’t panic. Most of these insects prefer to eat plants, which leads to more good news: The insects that live in pine trees need the plant to survive. Eventually, the pine tree will die, and so will they. That sounds a little grim, but it’s better than having a full-on infestation.
To ensure a bug-free Christmas in your home, call a pest control specialist. Don’t let crawly critters ruin your holiday cheer!
Cypress Creek Pest Control has been providing quality and dependable service to Houston homes, agencies, schools, and local businesses since 1968. We are one of the largest independently owned full-service pest control companies in the state of Texas.
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21:18 27 Jan 23
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23:09 25 Jan 23
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18:29 23 Jan 23
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18:14 23 Jan 23
I can sit outdoors because of the great service Cypress Creek Pest Control provides. Their quarterly service keeps me pest free.
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16:41 22 Jan 23
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14:46 20 Jan 23
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16:21 18 Jan 23
18:52 17 Jan 23
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15:21 17 Jan 23
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16:32 12 Jan 23
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16:19 12 Jan 23
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Daniel was very knowledgeable and professional. We saw improvement the very same day and we’re very appreciative!
Larry Donnell Leonard
22:38 06 Jan 23
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17:35 06 Jan 23
I use this company to do quarterly in-house and outdoor spraying...have called on them for over 15 years. No bugs of any kind. And if an occasional insect makes it into the house, I know because they turn up dead. Good company.
17:30 06 Jan 23
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06:56 06 Jan 23
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02:25 06 Jan 23
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00:01 06 Jan 23
I went and got myself a nasty case of roof rats that took over my attic after a new roof was installed and gaps weren’t properly sealed by the roofers.A day of inspecting access points, sealing up entry holes, caulking up around seams, and 10 traps later, we have ourselves a fortified house and bagged two hefty roof rats. Instant results. Definitely would recommend.
23:33 05 Jan 23
Cypress Creek was recommended to me by a friend, and I am so grateful they were! After my very first treatment I saw a few bugs that came out of the woodwork trying to flee, as is normal. Since that initial time 6+ months ago I haven’t seen any pests! They are wonderful. They additionally spotted a wasp forming a nest on my porch in their first visit and promptly removed the but of nest created at that point.They are prompt, communicative, and great at what they do!
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Mike was awesome!!
16:06 19 Dec 22
Eddie Luza was a very professional person and he explained everything we needed to know in detail. Thanks Eddie for your great customer service.
15:55 19 Dec 22
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21:19 13 Dec 22
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20:33 13 Dec 22
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20:39 12 Dec 22
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19:30 09 Dec 22
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23:08 08 Dec 22
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18:49 06 Dec 22
I had a very pleasant experience. The technician was on time and very professional. He explained what he did and what I will need in the future. Being new to town he was very helpful.
18:23 06 Dec 22
Joel did a great, thorough job on my inspection. He was also pleasant & professional. Thank you!
23:42 05 Dec 22
20:45 05 Dec 22
Cypress Creek Pest Control provided prompt and courteous service. A technician was quickly dispatched to set-up a live trap and our problem critter was relocated to a better environment. We called back a couple of days later because we trapped another unwanted guest and Cypress Creek Pest Control quickly came and relocated the critter and returned our trap. Super easy to deal with, will gladly call them again, if necessary.
20:10 05 Dec 22
Used them for years, terrific staff and wonderful work done. I've recommended them to a handful of friends since we started using them!
20:16 02 Dec 22
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21:44 01 Dec 22
I’m pleased with the service but was not pleased with a message left on my phone insinuating that I had not paid for the service. This was wrong because I paid with a check as soon as the service was done.
16:09 01 Dec 22
Cypress Creek Pest Control has phenomenal customer service and professionalism! There is a high level of knowledge, follow through and the communication is extraordinary.The entire staff I have encountered so far which is Edward, Daniel and Lisa have been amazing. The transparency and support is much appreciated through this challenging process my family and I have endured. I’m beyond happy with my decision to make this company a part of our pest control needs!!
15:41 23 Nov 22
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14:55 23 Nov 22
The technician is Very professional and very considerate about the condition