Up to 25000 bugs could be living in your Christmas tree

Experts say look in detail before you buy

The National Christmas Tree Association say trees this year will get more expensive, depending on where you buy.

Jay Wisshack has been in the Christmas tree business for over 30 years. The shortage is being blamed on the recession in 2007 and 2008, when growers didn't plant as many trees. Now, demand is back up and the supply is limited.

Tree experts said you need to spray your tree down with water outdoors before taking it into your home. At that point he said, "you may not have the selection you're used to".

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

National Christmas Tree Association spokesman Doug Hundley says you should expect prices for these trees to increase.

Nicer Tree, Cheaper Price Owner Jay Wisshack says, "I don't think we're going to have the excess and there won't be trees after Christmas like we've seen in previous years, I think people are going to sell out this year".

Westover Christmas Tree Employees handpick the trees and go over them one by one to ensure no damages or bugs are in them before you buy
Westover Christmas Tree Employees handpick the trees and go over them one by one to ensure no damages or bugs are in them before you buy

"Last weekend and this one will be our two busiest weekends", said Pat Schwerman, co-owner of Schwerman Christmas Tree Plantation in Lacey's Spring.

During the financial crisis nine years ago cash strapped Americans bought fewer trees.

Fresh tree prices tend to vary by region, however, with Californians paying as much as $76 for a tree and North Dakotans getting a steal with trees selling for $27.

She said the farm has a lot of fun in store on the big weekend coming up. "These farms not only offer a variety of trees; they also offer the opportunity to create lasting memories of choosing and cutting the ideal tree for the holiday season".

OR and North Carolina are the top tree-producing states.

Trees take about a decade to reach a desired height of seven to eight feet, and growers now don't have as many trees to cut and ship around the country.

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