The Christmas Bugs
Adopt-A-Bug this year for the holidays! Bringing a live tree into your home is like inviting the great outdoors into your living room. Here a few new friends you can make that will decorate your tree and light up your fire,
plus some statistics to share over your eggnog.
- Spruce Spider Mite: They can cause damage by puncturing the plant cells to feed. Spider mites are known to feed on several hundred species of plant. But even they won't touch the fruit cake.
- Each year 50 million Christmas trees are purchased in the U.S. Of those, about 30 million go to the landfills.
- Bagworm: Are serious pests, capable of rapid build-up and extensive defoliation. You'll need 5 martinis before you consider taking one home!
- European Pine Shoot Moth: These moths feed on new shoots, resulting in dead shoots and branches, and crooked trunks. On the plus side, they use the leftovers to build you little wooden presents.
- 1 acre of Christmas trees provides for the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
- Dothistroma Needle Blight. In the fall, tiny black fungal fruiting bodies appear in the bands or in dead areas of the needles. These fruiting bodies will release spores the following spring to begin a new disease cycle. You'll
enjoy em like a bad rash. No, really.
- Anomala Beetle: Adult beetles feed mostly on new needles, cutting notches just above the needle sheath. This causes the needle ends to die and turn brown. Heavily infected treed look reddish-brown and fire-scorched.
All you need is love... but for these Beatles.
- Brown recluse Spiders: There may be a generalized or systemic body reaction in sensitive individuals. Symptoms include chills, fever, bloody urine, fatigue, jaundice, pain in the joints, nausea. It's always the quiet ones who
drink the most booze...
- Lice. Any Christmas tree can harbor Lice; some of these may remain on the tree into winter and could become active after being exposed to the warm temperatures inside the home. They even offer free haircuts!
- Downy Mildew: Is an obligate parasite that grows on the host plant. The infected areas show signs of blisters, puckering, curling, and explanation. They make great books into great cliff notes too!
- Hawaii. Inspectors found dozens of insects inside one of four quarantined shipments of Christmas trees, including a worrisome German yellowjacket wasp that does not exists in Hawaii.
- Black Cutworm Moth: Feed on the stems at the soil surface. They do not consume an entire plant but rather take a few bites before moving on to the next one. Picky, noisy, and snobby; you know those in-laws...
- Deer Tick: deer ticks are potential carriers of Lyme disease, human anaplasmosis and babesiosis. Other than that, they are a fun bunch!
- An estimated 240 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 150 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year.
- Grasshopper: Large number of grasshoppers can kill seedlings planted in grassy areas or devour the needles and bark of larger trees. Keep the karaoke machine away from them!
- Stink Bug Nymph: many suck plant juices, although some have evolved to suck blood and body fluids. Like you neighbors' kids, in desperate need of a bath...
- 31 people have died since 1996 by watering their Christmas tree while the fairy lights were plugged in.
Please, Adopt-A-Bug and bring these critters into your homes so they can have a good life! Or... be a Grinch and get an artificial Christmas tree, brought to you by: ChristmatreeMarket.com
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