What’s Christmas like in your house? With two young kids, Christmas is always a big deal for us. And it’s one of my favorite times of year, too. I love seeing friends at holiday parties, having the family over for Dirty Santa, and decorating the tree with my kids. If you get a real tree, however, you risk decking the halls with some unexpected ornaments! Many insects call these trees home, and without the right precautions, you’ll bring them right into your living room.
A lot of them are too small to see, but they’re there. Aphids, spiders, mites, and bark beetles are the most common. Some tree farms and distributors will spray trees with pesticides to get rid of the critters, but these have been known to cause adverse reactions in sensitive skin. And if you’re like me, the thought of dragging chemicals into the house isn’t too appealing.
Since starting Saturday Lime, we’ve added a new holiday tradition: treating our tree with First Saturday Lime before we bring the tree inside. First Saturday Lime works as a desiccant, drying out insects, their eggs, and their larvae. Treating plants this way is 100% non-toxic and safe for you, your kids, and your pets. The insects will flee from the drying effects of the limestone, and the eggs and larvae left behind will dehydrate and die. Treating our tree with First Saturday Lime makes me confident enough to bring the tree inside our house. It only takes a few steps, and your kids can help too.
Steps for a Bug-Free Tree:
- Before you bring the tree inside, give it as much of a shake as you can to knock off any larger insects.
- Prop the tree up and sprinkle a generous amount of First Saturday Lime from trunk to tip. (My kids love doing this part!) If you watch closely, you may see the bugs scatter.
- After 1-2 hours, shake the tree off so you don’t bring any dust into the house.
- Voila! Bug free tree.
From the First Saturday Lime family, Merry Christmas! Now if only there was something for all those pine needles…