Navigation Links
Boughs of Christmas Trees Hold Many Insects, Bug Expert Says
Date:12/24/2012

SUNDAY, Dec. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Ornaments are not the only things nestled in the branches of the average real Christmas tree. Thousands of small bugs may be hiding in the fir tree you bring into your home, but they pose little risk, according to an insect expert.

Research has shown that a single Christmas tree may contain as many as 25,000 individual bugs, such as bark lice, mites, moths and spiders, said Bjarte Jordal, an associate professor at the University Museum of Bergen in Norway.

The bugs in these trees have gone into hibernation, but may reawaken when the tree is brought into the warmth of your home. Most of them stay in the tree and quickly die, so you don't have to worry about bugs swarming out of your tree, and there is no risk to people or furniture, Jordal explained in a university news release.

He also said that there is a minimal risk from ticks that may be carried in with the tree. However, if you want to be extra cautious, you might want to avoid letting your dog sleep under the tree.

It's impossible to spot the bugs because they are good at hiding and are invisible to the human eye. If you're curious about how many bugs were in your tree, you can pound it on a white cloth before your throw it out after the holidays are over, Jordal suggested.

There is no way to flush or clean a Christmas tree to make it bug-free, and trying to do so will just damage the tree, he pointed out.

"You need to take into consideration that there are plenty of insects and bugs in potted plants that are regular features in most households," Jordal said in the news release. "It's no different with Christmas trees."

More information

The American Christmas Tree Association offers Christmas tree safety tips.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Bergen, news release, Dec. 18, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. After Christmas Sales - Boosting Bigger Savings
2. Collection Agency Summit A•R Adopts Local Families for Christmas
3. Scott Tischler Announces 5 Cooking Secrets to Making Christmas Healthier
4. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Accident Attorneys Announce New Ugly Christmas Sweater Social Media Contest
5. Jean LaMantia, Author of The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook, Offers Healthy and Delicious Alternative to Traditional Christmas Cake
6. Better Endings New Beginnings Offers New Release by Award Winning Author Anne Yurcek to Build Christmas Spirits for Families Struggling
7. Life’s Eyes Media Offering Digital Military Christmas Greetings Videos
8. Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50 Salon Hair and Beauty Products For Every Christmas List at TheBeautyPlace.com
9. Jean LaMantia Author of The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook Offers Recipe and Tips for Cancer Patients and Caregivers During the Christmas Season
10. Relaxintuit.com Now Provides Christmas Stress Relief Tips and Gift Ideas for Moms & Dads of All Ages, from Award-Winning Stress Management Expert Susie Mantell
11. DXE Medical, Inc. Donates to Franklin Firefighters Annual Christmas Toy and Clothing Drive
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Boughs of Christmas Trees Hold Many Insects, Bug Expert Says
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... 25, 2017 , ... Somnoware, a leading provider of digital ... module. Using this new feature, sleep physicians can now predict the likelihood of ... airway pressure (CPAP), oral, or other forms of sleep apnea therapy. The Somnoware ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... There is no better place in ... a special report in the May issue of Consumer Reports focused on heart health. ... for results achieved during and after coronary bypass and aortic valve replacement procedures. ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 25, 2017 , ... ... instrument solutions, announces the continuation of its strategic partnership with and platinum sponsorship ... developing nations in the safe and effective management of complex spine deformity cases, ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) capabilities at Telehealth 2.0, the American Telemedicine Association’s ... bundles, which pairs medical devices with a pre-programmed tablet in a remarkably easy-to-use ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... The Santana Telehealth Project was honored with the ... the American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference, on April 23 in Orlando, FL. , “I ... improve the lives of the poor and underserved in other parts of the world,” ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... 2017  RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: RXII), a ... significant unmet medical needs, today announced that it ... product development program, based on its proprietary self-delivering ... Dermatology (SID) 76 th Annual Meeting.  The ... sciences relevant to skin health and disease through ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... 20, 2017  AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global ... of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected patients ... and compensated cirrhosis (Child-Pugh A) achieved sustained virologic ... with its investigational, pan-genotypic regimen of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir (G/P). ... following 12 weeks of G/P treatment without ribavirin. ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Analysis By Service (Manufacturing, Research), By Country, (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, ... report to their offering. ... The Latin American pharmaceutical contract manufacturing services market is ... Low drug registration cost in Latin American countries and continuous ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: