Up to 25000 bugs could be living in your Christmas tree

30 November, 2017, 14:07 | Author: Kim Reid
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"I'm playing a show at Irving Plaza for Christmas this year, which is gonna be really exciting, on December 1", he explains, referring to the small, yet legendary, NY club. A lot of the farms that grew trees for the wholesale market to supply the retailers cut back on planting around 10 years ago.

While there's a major Christmas tree shortage across the country, western MA growers haven't felt the impact.

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The National Christmas Tree Association advises buyers to purchase their trees early to ensure a choice out of the best selections. But for many shoppers it's coming with a bit of sticker shock. Hey, no problem. Procrastinators may win out too - plenty of Christmas tree farms drastically lower prices a few days before the 25th. This year, the tree that was chosen is a 75-foot tall, 50-foot wide Norway Spruce from State College, Penn.

"When folks start moving Christmas things around, taking things down out of the attic, start bringing things into the house... things that are hiding are now exposed and no longer hiding", says Harris, "So we do get several calls where people are seeing a little increased activity".

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Johnnyswim, a Los Angeles-based music duo, joined the annual tree lighting and fireworks display that ushers in the holiday season. Experts say prices could go down closer to the holiday with less demand.

"Have you been able to order more trees", a reporter asks. "To see if they're fluffy, groomed or manicured", said James McAllister. This was due to a glut of trees on the market and the growers were losing money on every tree they sold.

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"That is one thing that is watched very closely by the farmers", said Salesman Douglas Brown, "When they find something like that, they are treated... a lot of preventive treatment is done to them to keep them from even getting in".

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