A Bluffton tree lot with Christmas Mountain Farms says they tackle bugs in the beginning. "Tree sales were down, prices were down, and we weren't planting as many trees", NCTA's Doug Hundley told News 12 of Long Island, New York. He said the trees they're harvesting now were planted 12 years ago, during a drought.
Right now, we're seeing a nationwide Christmas tree shortage.
Jay Wisshack has been in the Christmas tree business for over 30 years. With the low volume, comes higher prices. "These farms not only offer a variety of trees; they also offer the opportunity to create lasting memories of choosing and cutting the flawless tree for the holiday season".
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Nicer Tree, Cheaper Price Owner Jay Wisshack says, "I think next year might be a little worse".
The National Christmas Tree Association says there should be enough trees for everyone who wants one to get one.
Pest control company Safer Brand says the most common bugs are aphids, spiders & mites, adelgids, sawflies, praying mantises and bark beetles. There's a supply shortage in certain parts of the country and leading to higher prices.
Brown said the grower in North Carolina who purchased the Fraser Fir trees told him there's been a shortage.
We're only really starting to feel the effects now, since your average tree takes about 10 years to grow.
He says the best thing to do with a tree or Christmas boxes is to leave them in the garage or on the porch for a day or two before bringing them into your home.