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Christmas tree bugs - help!!

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kittylester Fri 11-Dec-20 08:06:36

Not ys, but dd2 cane down this morning to find some of these on the floor. She googled it abd it sats that they dont mate to reproduce.

Panic stations.

Any ideas?

Whitewavemark2 Fri 11-Dec-20 08:22:44


Whitewavemark2 Fri 11-Dec-20 08:23:08

Or name even

Whitewavemark2 Fri 11-Dec-20 08:24:58

Mine was delivered yesterday and is sat growing in its pot in the conservatory ready to be put up today.

But no bugs. Mine is a Norlander so perhaps it is the type?

Whitewavemark2 Fri 11-Dec-20 08:27:42


kittylester Fri 11-Dec-20 08:28:49


David0205 Fri 11-Dec-20 08:32:40

When in doubt wipe it out!.

Ordinary household spray should do it

Willow73 Fri 11-Dec-20 08:35:23

A spray of diluted washing up liquid.

harrigran Fri 11-Dec-20 09:51:48

I thought it looked like a tick which I suppose it would be logical if it came from a forest where there were deer.
DH has just looked and apparently these bugs are common and only reawaken in the warmth of your home and you can get thousands of bugs in one tree.
Good housekeeping have an article on how to eradicte.

Callistemon Fri 11-Dec-20 10:34:41

Conifer aphids?
Has the tree been decorated yet and with electric lights? If so be careful of spraying it with soapy water.
In fact - don't!

If undecorated, take it outside and give it a good shake, otherwise just keep vacuuming them up.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 11-Dec-20 10:46:30

That’s a tick,😲😲😲😲

25Avalon Fri 11-Dec-20 10:50:53

If it’s a tick which it looks like they are quite difficult to kill as they don’t squash. Best disposal is to pick it up with toilet paper and flush it down the loo.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 11-Dec-20 10:52:32

A hammer should do it

WOODMOUSE49 Fri 11-Dec-20 10:53:50

That's not a tick. Speak from personal experience. We have deer in our wood and my dog and myself regularly get ticks.

Someone says Christmas Tree aphid. I agree. Just googled them. They will make their way to other plants in the room and quickly reproduce so keep hoovering.

Namsnanny Fri 11-Dec-20 11:12:05

Goodness I've never heard of this before!
Do you know if the tree imported or British grown kittylester?
I would have thought it a tick too, but bow to those of you with superior
I've had live trees for nigh on 20 years without having this problem.

Callistemon Fri 11-Dec-20 12:01:16

Aphids feed on sap so if they drop off a conifer they will probably die.
They can leave a sticky mess though so, whatever they are, best get rid of them

fiorentina51 Fri 11-Dec-20 14:01:54

We always have a real tree at Christmas. The first few days after bringing it indoors are spent hoovering up pine needles and bugs. After two or three days it tends to settle down.

kittylester Sat 12-Dec-20 08:32:46

Thank you for your replies. There has only been one more so she is thinking that the heat hatched something whuch dropped off the tree.

For those of you who asked - it is a British grown tree.

Hoping its all over now!!