LifestyleHidden holiday surprise: The unwanted guests in your Christmas tree

Hidden holiday surprise: The unwanted guests in your Christmas tree

If you see such a cocoon, get rid of it immediately.
If you see such a cocoon, get rid of it immediately.
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9:23 PM EST, December 11, 2023

The Christmas tree is a quintessential part of holiday decor in many households. It's not uncommon for families to purchase a real tree, often several weeks before the holiday season. Nevertheless, it's vital to pay attention to certain aspects when picking a tree, as they can lead to potential discomfort.

Choosing the perfect Christmas tree can be quite a challenging task. Many ponder about the best kind of tree - should it be dense, large, small, have a pronounced scent, or perhaps a subtle one? The answer primarily depends on personal preferences. However, a recent suggestion from an internet user indicates that there's something else to be aware of.

Notice something odd on your Christmas Tree? Act immediately

Despite their radiant beauty adorning our homes, real Christmas trees can occasionally pose some issues. Unwanted guests such as insects, ticks, and spiders can inadvertently hitch a "ride" on these lovely festive features and enter our homes.

Interestingly, not all insects are present on the tree at the time of its arrival. A warning from a Facebook user cautions about clumps resembling small pine cones the size of a walnut. It was revealed that these are the nesting sites for insect eggs.

The post's author offers advice on what to do if you encounter such a cocoon - "Not to worry, simply snip off the twig and place it in your garden. These are cocoons filled with 100–200 eggs ready to hatch into praying mantises! We discovered two such egg masses on our tree this year. Avoid bringing them indoors as they may hatch and, sadly, starve to death!" - the author advised.

The online community confirms

Although it's been several years since the original post, the advice remains relevant. Many participants in the comments section recounted personal instances of this happening.

One user shared his experience: "A similar incident occurred a few years ago. It was a complete shock when I returned home from my in-laws' house, only to find small worms, which I later discovered were baby mantises".

Another person who had this unfortunate experience remarked: "I'm still traumatized from when this happened to us".

This serves as a vivid reminder of the significance of inspecting your Christmas tree meticulously before bringing it home. If you happen to notice any cocoon on your tree, make sure to remove it without delay and dispose of it, helping you avoid unpleasant surprises.

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