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Bugs in Your Christmas Tree? Bah Humbug!

By December 6, 2010

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If you're considering buying a live or fresh cut Christmas tree this holiday season, you've probably done your homework. You've researched which kind stays the freshest. You've read up on how to mix your own sugar solution to add to the water. But there's one thing you might not be prepared for - bugs.

Take a few steps to debug your Christmas tree, or you might wake up to more than presents on Christmas morning.
Take a few steps to debug your Christmas tree, or you might wake up to more than presents on Christmas morning.
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Any live tree is sure to have a few insect inhabitants. Sometimes these critters survive the trip from the Christmas tree field to your front door. In cold weather climates, most of the adult insects are probably long gone, but insect eggs may find your warm and cozy home a good place to hatch. Nothing like a few hundred baby bugs to liven up your holiday celebration.

Still, there's no need to be a Grinch. Follow my tips on debugging your Christmas tree, and you're guaranteed to find nothing but presents under its branches.

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