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Keebler
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Some with lyme are much more sensitive / affected by chemical exposure. While ticks in a tree can be something to consider, also important.

Orchards and grapes mentioned as well, so not just decorative trees.


Article, images, and 4:34 video interview

https://www.opb.org/news/article/toxic-pesticide-christmas-tree-harmful-children/

A Toxic Pesticide Once Targeted For A Ban Was Probably Sprayed On Your Christmas Tree

By Tony Schick - OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) - Dec. 14, 2018

. . . V2 - pesticide chlorpyrifos . . .

. . . Chlorpyrifos remains in use, its fate now dragging out in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and potentially in the Supreme Court after that. . . .

. . . Records show it continues to sicken people . . . .

. . Low-end estimates for Oregon and Washington show chlorpyrifos use spiked in the early 2000s, before gradually falling to rates similar to the early 1990s. Orchards and grapes remain the dominant use. . . .

. . . The Pacific Northwest produces about 8 million Christmas trees every year, shipping them across the country and internationally.

Without the ability to control aphids or other pests, stands of grand, noble or Douglas fir could become grayed, blackened, twisted or otherwise blemished enough that some could be unsellable.

Chlorpyrifos Use Across The Country . . . .
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Some solutions - or help - for when we are not sure what's on whatever we bring in.

It may not be enough of a buffer for those who are very chemically sensitive or immune tender yet a daily or twice daily full home fresh air flush for a minute or two is a good idea all the way around.

Gases rise to upper levels so be sure to get all rooms air out.

If you have a forced air furnace, IF it has a good fresh air exchange built in, just be sure that's working and that all filters are fresh.

Maybe don't heat the room the tree is in beyond just comfortable. The warmer it gets, the more any residue might off-gas. And a bit cooler room for the tree might also help keep it better.

Be sure to water any real tree. So that the tree will take up the water during its sparkling stay with you, a bit of the wood base has to be cut off at home before putting it into its tray / base / stand with a water bowl in the center.

A professional tree farmer can help with how to do this.
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Good stuff Keebler,

Don forget this>

https://tickencounter.org/tick_notes/christmas_tree_ticks

Steve

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One more reason to buy artificial trees.

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Companion article:

https://www.opb.org/news/article/washington-orchards-northwest-pesticides-chlorpyrifos/

This Pesticide Poisons Kids, But It's Still Sprayed On Washington Orchards

A court battle is raging over whether or not the EPA should ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos. In the meantime, Pacific Northwest farmers keep using it.

By Ellis O'Neill - OPB - Dec. 16, 2018

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. . . Children with chlorpyrifos in their blood at birth and in early childhood scored lower on memory, verbal comprehension, and reasoning tests.

They also had lower IQs and higher rates of ADHD and impulsive behavior than children exposed to less chlorpyrifos. . . .
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