Most Common Bugs Found on Holiday Plants

Most Common Bugs Found on Holiday Plants

Holiday plants are a Christmas decoration staple! For years people have decorated their homes with Christmas trees, wreaths, poinsettias, and mistletoe bringing cheer to many and symbolizing the beauty of the holiday season. But we all know that house plants run the risk of bringing bugs into the house. Here are a few common bugs found on holiday plants. 

Christmas Trees 

Did you know that there could be up to 25,000 bugs on one Christmas tree? We don’t say this to scare you but to make sure you are aware! It’s always important to do a thorough inspection of the tree before bringing it inside of your home. Here are a few bugs that you can commonly find on a Christmas tree: 

  • Bark beetles 
  • Praying mantids
  • Moths
  • Mites
  • Spiders

For tips on how to prevent these bugs from ruining your holiday season, click here. 

Wreaths and Poinsettias 

Wreaths can have similar bugs in them as Christmas trees. The most common bug to find on poinsettias is whiteflies. Whiteflies are small, white insects that like to make their home in your potted holiday plant. Here are a few specific tips on how to get rid of whiteflies. 

In general, to prevent bugs on your outdoor decorative plants like wreaths and poinsettias, make sure you spray them down with an insecticide and shake them out to get rid of any bugs hanging on dear life. Also, you want to make sure that you don’t use anything edible that would attract bugs or pests to your outdoor decor. 


Last but certainly not least, everyone’s favorite holiday plant – mistletoe. Okay, well, maybe not everyone’s but certainly the bugs. Mistletoe isn’t just for kissing; it can also make a great home for bugs. A great way to prevent bugs from entering your home on mistletoe is to inspect it, shake it out, and spray it with a natural insecticide before hanging. 

To make sure that your house is pest-proof follow these tips. If you’re still having bug trouble this holiday season, we would love to help. Check out our services here.