Halloween is tucked away.
We've all slept off the turkey comas.
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday have all come and gone.
It's not quite December 1st, but maybe even for the Scroogiest of us all it's time to sit back and usher in the Christmas holiday. With that, comes, for many, the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree. Now, a Christmas tree entry isn't exactly what you'd expect from a pest control company blog, but believe me, the choices you make about your tree could greatly affect your need of an exterminator this Holiday season.
The Christmas tree is probably one of the most iconic Christmas image, but it's definitely one that is not safe from debate:
Douglas or Fir.
Homemade ornaments or Elegant themes.
Let the kids lend a hand or Move all the ornaments after they've gone to bed.
White lights or Colorful lights.
One tree or Two.
And of course.....
Real or Fake
With over 35 million trees harvested each year and only about 10 million artificial trees sold a year, it's not too soon to rule out the popularity of the live tree. I mean come on, it's an over 1 billion dollar industry!
Let's talk a little though about what you should know about those amazing live trees after you strap them to the top of your car and head home singing carols along the way.
As with bringing anything involving nature into your home, when buying a live tree, you run the risk of opening your doors to a possible 25,000 unwelcome Christmas guests. Okay, Okay. I'm not saying all this to scare you, or to send you running to your local box store to purchase a pre-lit, artificial tree. Believe me, I'm not trying to ruin any traditions. You simply cannot replace that magical smell of a fresh cut tree.
While aphids and mites are just a couple of pests possibly trimming your tree this year. You should be on the look out for other signs of bugs as well. Adelgids (these make your tree look as though they have a slight dusting of snow on it--festive right?), Bark Beetles, and even Praying Mantises are known to be found in evergreens. A Christmas tree filled with pests may not quite be what's on your Christmas list, and the thought of bringing home a bounty of bugs may leave you a little Bah Humbug, but don't let these thoughts bring you down. Be sure to check your tree thoroughly before bringing it inside your home. a goof idea would be to place it in your garage for a few days on a white sheet, and shake it vigorously. Just think, there are always the stockings to hang by the chimney with care.
No fear though. Champion Pest Management is here if you do happen to have a few extra visitors this holiday season. Don't be afraid to give us a call.
A quick Reminder about Bed Bugs
Charleston, SC has once again been voted the #1 city in America to live and #2 in the world. With accolades like this, comes increase travel. With increase travel comes unwanted visitors in the luggage of new visitors to Charleston. It's important to stay mindful and check your luggage and your room when traveling. Bed bugs are not fun to be around. While this report in the link attached is about Phoenix, it could very easily be Charleston or any city for that matter.
One common mistake if the idea that bed bugs are only associated with filth, and as long as you stay clean, you're safe. This is not the case at all. In fact, bed bugs themselves are fairly clean creatures As long as you're breathing out Carbon Dioxide, you're a target for bed bugs no matter how clean you keep it. Surprisingly, bed bugs do not carry any known diseases. However, what they do is tear down quality of life while infesting your home and feasting on your person. If you suspect your home might be infested, please give Champion a call for an inspection.
I highly recommend reading the article written by PCT on the recent bed bug reports in Phoenix.
Champion Pest Management is a locally owned, family run, pest control company operating in Charleston, SC and the surrounding areas.