State inspectors and growers are making sure pests and diseases aren’t on Christmas trees and wreaths

As you go out to purchase your real Christmas tree or wreath this season, efforts are underway to make sure you keep pests and diseases from entering your home.

Wisconsin’s Agriculture Secretary says that state inspectors work closely with growers to make sure home and locally-grown trees are pest-free. Both watch closely for spngy moth egg masses, elongate hemlock scale, and insects including the European pine shoot moth, the Balsam twig aphid, and gall midge.
Growers cautiously spray in order to control these issues, while still being environmentally friendly.

Twenty-five million real trees are sold in the U.S. each year.

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