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Christmas tree shortage, bug problems?

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Tis' the season for Christmas trees and presents but could buying a real tree cost you more green this year and land you with some unwanted guests? 

It's time we shatter the myths circulating social media. Although, there's been reports of Christmas tree shortages nationwide, Corpus Christi residents won't be seeing much of the affects. 

Dan Crandall from West Valley Christmas Trees on SPID and Staples says, most of the shortages are happening in the east and west coast. "Not only do we have both of our floors stocked, I also have a truck coming in tomorrow morning," said Crandall. 

He says, prices haven't changed much from last year. In fact, his company is using last years prices. 

As for unwanted guests on a Christmas tree? 

"The main problem is usually ants," says Greg Aguirre with Elite Exterminating Inc. 

A problem that seems to be more popular in colder areas. In case, you have doubts, there is always ways to prevent it. "The kind of things that you look for a tree to be a disease, some kind of damage on the branching," said Crandall. 

Before you leave the tree lot, Crandall recommends you get the base of the tree cut and shaken by a machine. 

If the lot doesn't have a machine, you can do this manually. 

Real Christmas trees aren't the only ones carrying bugs, artificial trees and ornaments can also bring unwanted critters into your home. 

"If you brought boxes down from your attic or shed scorpions and mice can get in there, it's important to get in there," said Aguirre. 

An extra step you can also take is leaving the tree inside your garage for a few days before bringing it inside your home. 

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