Are (Hum)Bugs Hiding In Your Christmas Tree?

A warning from pest control company Safer Brand might have even die-hard Christmas tree lovers opting for a fake one this year. As many as 25,000 bugs are lurking on the average Christmas tree, according to an infographic posted on Safer’s website. These pests, according to the Pennsylvania-based company, commonly include aphids, spiders, mites, adelgids, pine needle scale, sawflies, praying mantises and bark beetles. While Safer says these critters are relatively harmless — and, what’s more, most can’t survive long in the warm, dry conditions of the average home—some of them can be pretty inconvenient.

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