Buy Local Evergreens to Avoid the Spread of Invasives

Make sure to check your holiday evergreen trees for possible invasive pests before buying. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has detected invasive elongate hemlock scale (EHS) in Fraser and balsam fir decorations from eastern states. Yellow or brown needles and small brown, oblong spots on the underside of the needles are signs of EHS. You can learn more about EHS here.

The easiest way to avoid invasive pests in your holiday tree is to make sure it was grown in Wisconsin! There are more than 850 Christmas tree farms in WI that sell trees, garlands, and bows. An extensive list of these farms are found on the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association website.