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Maine officials: Harmful bugs are probably not in your Christmas tree

Maine's Department of Agriculture says the chances of bugs moseying around your living room are slim to none. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) – Insects could be living inside your Christmas tree.

A professor out of Norway feels picking the perfect tree should be the least of our concerns. While we bring in the pine smell for Christmas, he says we could be dragging in creepers to crawl out the tree, but authorities in Maine say that's not the case.

In a report from Science Daily, a professor says thousands of insects could be asleep in your tree and soon wake up in your living room, but Maine's Department of Agriculture says the chances of bugs moseying around your living room are slim to none.

“The likelihood of you having bugs in your tree, and then harmful bugs, is next to zero,” Spokesperson John Bott said.

The report mentions creatures from mites to spiders, and while ticks are a concern for Mainers, Bott says those chances are greater away from the Christmas tree.

“You can pick up a tick maybe to get your tree,” Bott said. “While you should be aware of that year round, I wouldn’t put any extra risk on a Christmas tree.”

Cynthia Peaslee says she's been selling trees for years, and her lot is clear.

“I haven't seen any,” Peaslee said. “I've heard of people saying it, but I haven't seen any in the trees that are here.”

Experts say even if you do bring in a bug, it's not something to worry about.

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