Local tree farmers say, bugs aren’t making a home in your Christmas Tree


Christmas is less than three weeks away, and many people are still hunting for that perfect tree. That hunt can be a stressful process, whether to get a tall or short tree, a thin or wide tree. One thing all those hunting for a tree can agree on, they don’t want bugs!

In the recent weeks, national stories of bug infested trees have grabbed the attention of many. Even those looking for trees at Whites Tree Farm in Essex.

“I started hearing it from customers. We are kinda laughing over the whole thing,” said Bob White the owner of Whites Tree Farm.
“I have been doing this for more than twenty years, and I never seen an issue with bugs in trees,” said White.

Though, during the summer, White tells us bugs do make their home in these same trees.

“July and August they’re a tons of bugs in trees,” White said.

White stresses, that the issue of bugs in trees across Vermont and New York aren’t a big problem because of our weather. “In this area, once frost hits bugs don’t hang out in trees. They either die, or they go back in the ground.”

In fact, you have a better chance of finding a bird or mouse nest in your tree this holiday season. If you do come across a mouse nest in a tree you pick at Whites Tree Farm, White said, he won’t allow you to buy it. Reason why, once you put that tree into your house the tree could smell fowl from the mouse urine.

“If we ever see a mouse nest in a tree, which does happen … I wouldn’t want anyone put that in their house,” said White.

For those still questioning whether or not to put a real tree up this year, White leaves you with this. “You have been putting a tree in your house for the last twenty years like I have, have you ever seen bugs come out of it? It’s just a non issue in this area.”

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