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Bug Themed Stocking Stuffers

Bug SuckerChristmas is right around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to start planning ahead and buying gifts. There are plenty of bug-themed gifts you can get for your family and friends of all ages, many of which make great stocking stuffers. Below is a list of five bug-themed gift ideas that you can stuff in your loved one’s stockings this Christmas season.

Bug Stickers

A staple of childhood is a simple sheet of stickers. If you shop around, you’ll find that there are many different bug stickers that you can buy for your little one. Whether you want something cute and cartoonish or creepy and realistic, there’s sure to be sets of bug stickers that will please everyone.

Bug Candy

There’s the classic bug candy – gummy worms and other insects – and then there’s the candy which actually contains a bug within its center. Suckers containing insects such as crickets, beetles, and scorpions have long been popular among older children, and chocolate covered ants and grasshoppers are popular snacks in other countries. Bug candy is a fun gift if you’re looking for a novelty item or if you’re looking to broaden your child’s culinary experiences.

Glow-in-the-dark Bug Wall Clings

Glow-in-the-dark wall clings have been popular for quite the wall, and there are many different types to choose from. Insects are always popular for kids, since many kids are fascinated with bugs. After all, who doesn’t want a handful of creepy, crawly critters glowing on their bedroom wall at night?

Bug Jewelry

Bug jewelry is a diverse gift option that can be given to both young and older children alike – and can also be a great stocking stuffer for adults, too. There are tons of gorgeous jewelry pieces featuring a variety of bugs set in acrylic, so you can pick from bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings, and key chains. You might even want to pick a piece that glows in the dark, especially for the younger kids or someone who is prone to having a hard time locating her keys in her purse. If you don’t like the idea of jewelry featuring actual insects, then plastic bug jewelry, such as spider rings, are also available and would make a good stocking stuffer.

Bug Toys

Plastic or stretchy bug toys always make excellent stocking stuffers, especially for younger kids. Children love playing with bugs, and toy versions of our insect friends gives them the option to explore the bug kingdom without actually getting down and dirty with real live insects. Bug toys are great gifts for toddlers and preschoolers – just make sure they’re big enough so that your child won’t choke should the toy happen to make its way to their mouth.

These are just a few ideas for stocking stuffers with a bug theme. There are tons of creative gift ideas that you can consider, especially if your child is fond of or fascinated with bugs. When you don’t know what to get your little one, you really can’t go wrong with bug-themed presents.

Chris is a blogger for Fox Pest Control a Virginia Beach based pest control company.

Warning: Bugs Hiding Inside Your Christmas Tree

Christmas tree

Christmas tree (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Warning: Bugs Hiding Inside Your Christmas Tree

It’s a tradition many of us look forward to every year. We round up the family and head to a Christmas tree lot or farm; or we head to the woods to chop down a beautiful Evergreen or Spruce. Great care is taken in selecting the perfect tree. It can’t be too tall, and its branches have to be sufficiently filled in. When selecting the perfect Christmas tree there is one thing on need to watch for; before bringing that wonderful smelling Christmas tree inside your home. It is Christmas tree bugs!

Christmas Tree Bugs

According to NBC, Christmas tree bugs may be an unforeseen present waiting for you underneath your tree this Holiday, and this present could potentially be a nightmare.

The usual tree bug culprits are aphids, bark beetles, gypsy moths, bagworms, weevils, and spider mites. If you bring them inside your home, they could hatch and multiply causing a full on pest infestation. They will get in your carpet, your bedding, and in your couch.

Many of these insects are considered harmless. Harmless or not, you probably don’t want to spend the holiday season with bugs crawling around among you and your presents.

Common Christmas Tree Bugs

 

Aphids– Are small sap sucking insects the flourish on plant hosts like Christmas trees. They may be green, black, brown, pink or almost colorless. They are very tiny, and have antennae, with long, thin legs. Approximately two-hundred and fifty species of aphids are known to create serious pest control problems.

Spider Mites– Can cause pest control concerns when their minute exoskeletons and feces become airborne and inhaled. This can trigger an allergic reaction in some people, and can cause several forms of allergic diseases; including hay fever, asthma and eczema.

Gypsy Moth—Range in color from white, gray, or tan. They eat the leaves of over 300 species of trees, and are one of the most destructive pests of hardwood trees in the Eastern United States.

Bark Beetles—If bark beetles have infested your Christmas tree, they will leave winding tracks that are visible throughout the trunk. Bark beetles are known to reproduce in the inner bark.

Tips On Selecting A Pest-Free Christmas Tree

Scolytinae beetle damage under bark from Nager...

  • Get you’re trees from a reliable source, someone who has their gypsy moth permit.
  • Look for trees that have a certificate.
  • Ask if the tree has been sprayed for insects.
  • Look for aphids, gypsy moths, spider mites, and their egg sacks near the top and trunk of the tree.
  • Look for small holes with sawdust trails (pictured right), which are a sign of bark beetles.
  • Shake your Christmas tree vigorously before bringing it inside your home. This can dislodge spiders and other unwanted hitchhikers.

Charlotte Pest Control

If you happened to bring any unwanted pest hitchhikers inside your home with your Christmas tree, seek the help of a licensed Charlotte exterminator. Whether you are dealing with Christmas tree bugs, unwanted roaches, or house spiders; a Charlotte pest control professional can help ensure you have a pest-free holiday.

Pest Control In Charlotte, NC

 

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net

A-A Wildlife Damage Control
301 Bradford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 608-6950
aawildlife.com

Orkin
5100 Reagan Drive
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 694-6655
orkin.com

 

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