The Department of Agriculture told Cayman 27 a number of this year’s Christmas tree shipments were infested with bugs, moths, flies, beetles, and mites.
The DOA said five trees were seized and destroyed due to pests, but the majority of the infested trees were treated with aerosol foggers by the DOA and a pest control firm.
DOA Assistant director Brian Crichlow said spraying the trees directly with pesticides was not a mitigation option due to the fact that children would likely be in close contact with the trees this festive season.
“The foggers used are designed for the chemical ingredients to dissipate safely after a specified period of time without leaving harmful pesticide residue on the material. The products selected are also used in residential pest control operations,” said Mr. Crichlow in an email.