Report claims Christmas trees could have 25,000 bugs; experts weigh in

2 years 6 months 19 hours ago Thursday, November 30 2017 Nov 30, 2017 Thursday, November 30, 2017 7:21:00 PM CST November 30, 2017 in News
By: Jasmyn Willis, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

HARTSBURG - It's the time of the year when some families are tree hunting for the perfect Christmas trees. But are you bringing pests in your home along with the tree?

In a 2012 study from the University of Bergen, the pest control company Safeguard said there could be thousands of bugs living in a Christmas tree. University Museum of Bergen Professor Bjarte Jordal said a Christmas tree could bring springtails, bark lice, mites, moths, and spiders into your home.

"In research on Christmas trees there have been found as many as 25,000 individual [pests] creep in some of the trees", Jordal said. "If you pound the tree on a white cloth before you throw it out after Christmas, you will discover quite a number of small bugs."

Timberview Tree Farm owner Daryll Raitt said they haven't had problems with pests in Christmas trees. He has been growing trees for more than 40 years.

"No, we really don't have any problems there," Raitt said. "Once in a while someone will find a bug. But through the years maybe a time or two that they had problems. Usually when they take the tree in the house whatever was there has disappeared."

Raitt said they have a shaker that shakes the trees to get dead needles out of them.

Starr Pines owner Wayne Harmon said pests are not a big concern.

"It's really not an issue in Missouri," Harmon said. "We shake our trees on a shaker that mechanically removes all the debris, dead needles and possibly insects that would be on it."

Harmon said almost all the insects that would be on the tree would be in their dormant stage, except for praying mantis.

"They [praying mantis] have this little chrysalis that they affix to the tree, and it's real easy to see and all you have to do is pull it off," Harmon said.

Harmon said the chrysalis has little eggs in it that will hatch after a few weeks in a house.

Harmon said the most important part about having a Christmas tree is ensuring it has enough water so it doesn't dry out.

"If it's going to be a considerable amount of time before you set it up, make a fresh slice on it before you put it in the stand," Harmon said.

More News

Grid
List
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talked with Columbia Public Schools superintendent Peter Stiepleman on Monday about the bond measure voters will... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:22:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - UM System President and MU Interim Chancellor Mun Choi on Monday " condemned recent acts of racism around... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:05:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - At 1:50 a.m. on May 31, Columbia Police officers responded to a shots fired call on the 400... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 4:14:01 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 4:00:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - When voters head to the polls for municipal elections Tuesday, things will look a little different. With... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 3:16:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA— COVID-19 drive-thru testing is taking place at Hickman High School today and tomorrow between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 2:36:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Hours before the start of scheduled protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the Missouri... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 2:30:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
HELENA, Mont. ( Independent Record ) -- Helena teen Bella Nyman joined a rather exclusive group when a box of... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 7:46:34 AM CDT June 01, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. ... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:03:00 AM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Dollar General off of Clark Lane was surrounded by smoke early Monday morning. The Columbia Fire... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 1:23:00 AM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Protesters blocked off the intersection of Broadway and Providence late Sunday night in protest of George Floyd's death.... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 1:09:00 AM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Protesters in mid-Missouri gathered in Columbia and Boonville Sunday to protest police brutality following the death of George... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 11:01:00 PM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One resident of The Bluffs tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday after a facility wide testing, according to a... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:45:00 PM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - One man from Jefferson City was transported to a hospital with serious injuries after a police pursuit... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 1:22:00 PM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
FULTON - SERVE Inc. is asking for more volunteers and more supplies for their food pantry. Despite challenges like... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 12:51:00 PM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
(CNN) - SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule has opened its hatch, linking the spacecraft with the International Space Station. Astronauts... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 12:16:14 PM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
FERGUSON, Mo. — Police and protesters clashed outside the Ferguson Police Department as protests over the death... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 11:09:00 AM CDT May 31, 2020 in Top Stories
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 31 2020 May 31, 2020 Sunday, May 31, 2020 10:06:00 AM CDT May 31, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 83°
7pm 82°
8pm 79°
9pm 76°
10pm 74°