By KILA PEEPLES, WEYI/WSMH
THOMAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (CIRCA via WEYI/WSMH) — Once you find that perfect tree this Christmas, it may have some imperfections of the creepy, crawly kind.
Beware, there could potentially be thousands of bugs in your tree.
"Theres's an issue around lately with bugs or pests."
Tyler Kluck, manager of Kluck's Tree Farm
Aphids or spider mites are among the common hitchhikers.
Others include bark beetles and praying mantises.
Most of these bugs are not dangerous, but they can be a nuisance.
Experts says the best way to prevent the bugs from getting into your home is to give the tree a good inspection.
These bugs could be lurking in your Christmas tree
"The best time would be after it's wrapped and tied up because they cling to the bottom side of the branch," said Tyler Kluck, the manager at Kluck's Tree Farm in Saginaw, Michigan.
"If you take a white piece of paper, you shake the branch on that paper. If you smear it, you may see some redness. That would mean you do have bugs in the tree."
If you do find bugs inside your tree, take it outside to your garage or backyard and spray it with neem oil, give it a couple of days, and you should be good to go.