How to properly secure your Christmas tree to the car and keep bugs out

Once you head to the farms or stands and pick out the perfect Christmas tree, you want to make sure you don’t bring thousands of insects into your home without realizing it. 

Megan Murphy, executive editor at Good Housekeeping gave Inside Edition some important tips on how to ensure uninvited guests do not linger in your tree as you bring it home for the holidays.  

“First off, inspect the tree," she advises. "If you see any obvious bugs, stay away. Before you bring any tree into the house, shake it out.” 

It's also important to make sure you don't spray your tree with any kind of insect repellent when you get home, according to experts, as those chemicals are usually flammable. 

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If you tend to opt for a real tree, you likely find tradition important and feel that the fresh scent of pine needles is worth a bit of extra mess. 

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If you're a busy bee, your schedule might not allow for time to sweep up those pesky pine needles and an out-of-the-box tree is the fit for you. You like convenience and investments that last. 

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If you're the type to mix souvenir and baby picture ornaments with the more classic decor, you're a sentimentalist and want your tree to reflect your memories. 

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A meticulously matching tree suggests someone who prioritizes order, organization and good taste. It's okay if you need the tinsel to pine needle ratio to be balanced, let your type A side shine. 

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For those that can't get enough of 'It's A Wonderful Life' and are convinced they were born in the wrong era, they probably pack on that tinsel. 

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Finally, nothing says glamorous and elegant like white lights, while rainbow lights suggest a fun-loving side likely to rock around that Christmas tree.

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Once you pick out a tree, the next step is making sure you can get it home safely.  

“Bigger is not always better in this case," Murphy said. "You don't want a tree that is two times the size of your car." 

Then, make sure you have the right materials to make sure your tree is properly secured. 

Murphy recommends using thick twine and tying it to the grab handle inside your car. Then loop it over the tree to the handle on the other side.  

“You'll secure that tightly with two or three knots again, and then we'll repeat that same process on the mid-part of the tree looping it on the back-door handles,” she said. 

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