Christmas trees typically are adorned with ornaments, lights, and the usual Christmas decorations. Occasionally, a cat will even find its way into the tree. This holiday season, consumers should also be aware of unwanted critters that may find their way into homes clinging to a freshly cut Christmas tree, said Texas A&M University entomologist, Dr. David Ragsdale. “It should be no surprise that when a living plant is brought into the house it has hitchhikers,” he said.
The Department of Entomology at Penn State University has a complete online listing of the different types of insects you might find on your tree and the potential harm that insect might cause. The good news? Most do not pose a significant threat to your health or the health of other plants you have in your home.
The experts do have a list of tips to help minimize the risk of insects on your tree: