There is something magical about setting up a real Christmas tree in your home, and many of us refuse to swap them for those artificial ones.
Unfortunately, we are not the only ones who love real trees. When you lug that tree into your home, there could well be stowaway pests on board. Fortunately, there are some easy preventative steps:
- Thoroughly inspect the tree. Many of these pests are so tiny that a cursory once-over just won’t cut it.
- Bring the tree into your garage first. Grab a white sheet and place it under the tree. And then shake the tree – and shake it like you mean it. This will not only knock off loose needles but also force off many of the hiding pests. The white sheet will help you spot them. Once done shaking, vacuum up the bugs.
- If you’re concerned about your family’s allergies, especially to pollen, grab the garden hose and give your tree a spray. When done, put the tree in water in a pot and let it dry naturally for another day or two before bringing it inside.
- If you discover some hiding pests once the tree is inside your home, trim away any infested-looking branches that may be infected with bugs or hosting a bird’s nest and dispose of them properly. You can hide the newly made gaps with your favorite garlands and decorations.
- Give the area around wherever the tree is placed a good vacuuming before and after decorating.
Finally, there are two super-important Don’ts!
- Don’t spray the tree inside! Those airborne chemicals floating around in your home are far more hazardous than the pests themselves. Instead, take the tree outside and re-shake it. If you think the tree is so infested that it needs pesticide treatments, return it.
- Don’t leave candles unattended. Every year, there are thousands of unnecessary house fires caused by unmonitored candles. A candle flame may be small, but treat it as you would any other flame – with care.
The folks at Christmas Decor by Cowleys want you to enjoy your Christmas and, above all, we want you to stay safe and healthy!