The unseasonably warm weather has been a treat for many of us here in the Twin Tiers, but it could be causing an issue for Christmas tree shoppers.
David Weil, President of Empire Evergreens in Painted Post says “The warm spell has not impacted the trees significantly.”
Weil says the trend of unseasonably warm weather has not had an effect on the quality of Christmas tree’s this year.
He says, “The trees are the colors they should be and the quality is there with the fresh-cut trees.”
One problem the warmer weather is causing?…
The New York State Department of Health says ticks can be active anytime the temperature is above freezing. The average temperature for our area so far for the month of December is 39 degrees…Weil says his crews have taken extra precautions to protect customers this season.
“Generally we find ticks on the ground especially in the lawn and grass areas not so much in the trees and just as a further precaution all of our trees are well shaken prior to wrapping them for customers to take.”
Weil says, “We cultivate our fields bare so we have no grass in the field but it is a good idea when you’re coming out to a tree farm to wear long clothing and just check yourself out after leaving and make sure you’re not taking any bugs with you.”
Better safe than sorry he says.
“Lyme disease is certainly a serious consideration it can have long-lasting health consequences that are essentially untreatable so an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Customers we spoke to say they aren’t letting the fear of ticks stop them from finding the perfect Christmas tree.
Charles Swan of Corning says, “I think about it and I dress appropriately when i’m out in the woods or hiking or something I don’t let it worry me too much.”