Christmas tree warning over small 'clumps' that need removed immediately
28.11.2022 - 23:35
People are being warned to thoroughly check their Christmas trees for 'walnut-sized' lumps that contain thousand of insect eggs.
If you've decided to go with a real tree this year instead of a fake one, be sure to take a look at all the branches before bringing it into the house. Some of them contain small masses that are full of praying mantis eggs, which could hatch and go everywhere in your home.
A man previously went viral on social media for posting the warning, but it has since circulated again as the Christmas season gets closer and closer.
After finding two of the clumps attached to his tree, the man took to Facebook to tell others to be vigilant and act fast if they come across them.
Daniel Reed said: "If you happen to see a walnut sized or shaped egg mass on your Christmas tree, don’t fret, clip the branch and put it in your garden. These are 100-200 preying mantis eggs!
"We had two egg masses on our tree this year. Don’t bring them inside they will hatch and starve!"
The post has been shared thousands of times, with people claiming they had found the same clump on their trees.
One person replied to say: "We had a tree with one in and we didn’t know until they hatched. They were everywhere."
A second replied: "That s*** happened to me a few years ago it was crazy, went to my in laws house came back to a bunch of little bugs, found out they were praying mantises."
And another added: "I think I have PTSD from when it happened to us."
Experts have warned that any warm temperatures inside our homes can make the eggs hatch much quicker, resulting in hundreds of insects invading at Christmas time.
To be on the safe side, you should thoroughly inspect every branch of your real tree before setting it up in your home and