A Facebook post warning people to check their real Christmas trees for walnut-sized clumps preying on mantis eggs is back this year.
A previous Christmas season’s viral Facebook post is being re-shared as a warning, after a man says he found two of the bushes on his tree and advised others on the best way to deal with the problem The Mirror reports.
Daniel Reed wrote: “If you happen to see a walnut-sized egg mass on your Christmas tree, don’t fret, cut the branch and put it in your garden. These are 100-200 praying mantis eggs!
“We had two egg masses on our tree this year. Don’t bring them in, they will hatch and starve!”
The post has been shared over 181,000 times, and while it may be easy to ignore the advice, many people left comments saying the same thing had happened to them.
However, the warning only applies to actual Christmas trees and groves finding is rare, especially in the UK.
A Norway spruce, Scots pine, or Fraser spruce may have once had one of the insects.
Research has also shown that legions of lice, mites, moths and spiders can also lurk in Christmas trees.
“(Insects) hibernate for the winter and usually empty their bodies of fluids, produce a cooled fluid and become completely inactive,” said Bjarte Jordal, associate professor at Bergen University Museum. IB Times.
“Feeling the heat and being awakened by the light, they believe that spring has arrived and is coming back to life.
“If you pound the tree on a white cloth before throwing it away after Christmas, you’ll discover quite a few little bugs.”
The study also found that most of the mites will stay on the trees and die soon due to a lack of food available to them indoors.