Real Christmas Trees Bring Magic, Sparkle and… Ticks? first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.
If you are thinking about decorating your home with a real Christmas tree, there are a few things you might want to think about. Although it’s wonderful to have a piece of nature in your home, it can also bring with it a few pests. Ticks like to make themselves at home within the branches so it’s important that you do a thorough check before you take one inside your house.
While you are posting your snowmen-made-of-beach-sand and Santa-in-a-bathing-suit pictures to strike envy in your snowbound friends, be aware that the cooler regions may have it a little better off when it comes to their Christmas trees. Warmer than average temperatures this season may prompt a similar scenario to last year’s, with tick infested Christmas trees.
Perhaps you are considering an artificial tree this year? Here’s a video of the pros and cons/fake vs. real.
When Christmas is over, it’s then time to dispose of your tree for recycling. Many areas have organized a scheme for collection. Just like this one in Leesburg, VA.
Before January 5 and after January 13, town crews will collect live trees during brush collection, as long as the tree trunk is less than 6 inches in diameter. You must place the tree at the curb by Monday evenings for this service.
There’s nothing like a real Christmas tree to bring some magic and sparkle into your home, but remember… it’s bringing the outdoors – in, so make sure you’ve checked for ticks and know where you can take your tree for recycling once the festivities are over.