Warning! Bats in Christmas Trees!

United States
December 6, 2006 10:02am CST
On the news last night was a story about a lady who went to a Christmas Tree farm. She bought a tree and took it home. She had it set up and was decorating it. While she was putting the lights on she thought the tree had poked her. When she looked at her arm she noticed it was a bite mark. Then she saw the bat. Upon investigation, they found out that this Christmas Tree farm uses bats to eat the insects from the tree. They don't use pesticides. Seems like a good idea but I think they need to inspect the trees better before sending them home with someone. I would freak if I found a bat in the Christmas tree.
16 responses
@NewHeart (528)
• Canada
7 Dec 06
maybe the company that cuts the trees for sale should do the cutting at night when the bats are out and about. everyone knows that bats are night animals only and sleep in day...
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• United States
7 Dec 06
LOL!!! No problem.
@srhelmer (6930)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
6 Dec 06
This is one of the reasons I don't use live Christmas trees. Those poor bats now need to find somewhere else to live.
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• United States
6 Dec 06
I haven't had a live tree in years because one of my sons is allergic to them. I am sure there are other trees on the farm that aren't ready to cut for the bats to live in. It is better than using pesticides.
@srhelmer (6930)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
6 Dec 06
Actually, I was just joking above. The reasons I really don't have a live tree. 1. They are expensive. Not so much where I couldn't afford one but enough where I just think it's a waste of money on something that will be on the curb a couple weeks after Christmas. I would rather spend the money on presents. 2. They are a fire hazzard because I know I will forget to water it.
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• United States
7 Dec 06
Well I guess you don't have live plants. LOL!!! Don't think they would live long without water.
@daehtop (118)
• United States
7 Dec 06
Well we don't get real christmas trees because my mom is afraid they will catch a fire. We had a real christmas tree once and my mom was all worried about it. She is afraid of fires because when she was little her bedroom caught on fire from a lamp knocking over. So, I guess that only means one thing we won't get any bats this year for christmas. lol
• United States
8 Dec 06
No bats for Christmas is a good thing!!! LOL. Have a Merry Christmas.
@totolotto (711)
• Singapore
7 Dec 06
oh my thats terrible! hope the lady went to see a doctor after that...
• United States
8 Dec 06
Definitely not a good surprise. Yes she went to a doctor.
• India
7 Dec 06
thnx dear
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• United States
7 Dec 06
Your welcome. Thanks for commenting.
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
7 Dec 06
Wow, I bet this is one Christmas she will never forget lol. I would've been scared as well, probably to the point of having nightmares. I probably would've had to have gone as far as to dispose of the tree if I ever wanted to sleep again. Luckily we don't have a real tree here or I probably wouldn't sleep myself tonight :P
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• United States
7 Dec 06
Yeah, I think I would have got rid of the tree. I would worry that there were more.
@NewHeart (528)
• Canada
7 Dec 06
maybe the company that cuts the trees for sale should do the cutting at night when the bats are out and about. everyone knows that bats are night animals only and sleep in day...
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• United States
7 Dec 06
Yes that would probably help. Thanks for commenting.
• Philippines
7 Dec 06
yikes! that's scary. good thing that here on our place, we only buy plastic christmas trees coz i think there isn't a lot of very good shaped pine trees. actually there isn't a lot of pine trees at all. we buy the christmas trees at the malls. at least they don't have bats there
• United States
7 Dec 06
Very scary!! I have an artificial tree also.
• United States
7 Dec 06
I heard about that on the news the other day! I didn't have any bats in my tree this year. The cat would have loved it.
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• United States
7 Dec 06
Yes the cat would have loved it. But then you have to worry about rabies.
• United States
7 Dec 06
Wow, what an experience for you. I never had that, but, once I bought a tiny orange tree. It had a pigmy rattle snake inside, and I didn't know it for a week, when it came out of the tree as I was watering it. Now that is dangerous too.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec 06
The company that supplied the tree should be ashamed of themselves for using such an irresponsible way of controlling insects. I cannot think of a worse start to Christmas than being bitten by a bat in your Christmas tree. I would have been seriously concerned if this had happened to me, since bats have been known to carry rabies. Incidents are rare, but that would not have alleviated my concern in any way.
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• United States
7 Dec 06
They should have at least checked the tree better before she took it home.
@Khokhonut (702)
• United States
7 Dec 06
Oh my gosh !!! I think that would give me a heart attack. There has to be a better way for the farm to keep insects off of the trees. ::::::heebie jeebies::::::
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• United States
7 Dec 06
Tell me about it!!! The least they could do is have someone inspect the trees before they leave the lot!!
@adnan82 (673)
• Pakistan
6 Dec 06
oh my god... that was too scary. man .. i would have gone down n out..
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• United States
7 Dec 06
Yes!! I would have ran!! I don't like bats!!
@ChewySpree (1832)
• United States
6 Dec 06
I saw that on the news too! That made me glad I have an artificial tree, even though it doesn't smell as nice, I don't have to worry about what it in the tree or worry about cutting down trees.
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• United States
7 Dec 06
We have an artificial tree because of kids with allergies. makes me happy about it though. I don't want a bat in the house.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
6 Dec 06
That is a good idea, but the should have looked at the tree closer when they sold it. I would be so freaked!!! Not something I want in my house!!
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• United States
7 Dec 06
I know. I don't want a bat in my house either!!!
@not4me (1713)
• United States
6 Dec 06
A lot of places I've been to have this vibrating platform which gets rid of extra insects and whatnot right before the customer takes a tree home. Looks like that tree farm needs to invest in one!
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• United States
6 Dec 06
Yes, I think they do! What a surprise to get with your tree!