Up to 25000 bugs could be living in your Christmas tree

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Jay Wisshack has been in the Christmas tree business for over 30 years. There's a supply shortage in certain parts of the country and leading to higher prices.

While there's a major Christmas tree shortage across the country, western MA growers haven't felt the impact. Tonight, he returns to the Big Apple to sing at the annual lighting of New York's famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. But for many shoppers it's coming with a bit of sticker shock.

Brett Eldredge traveled to New York City past year to record his big band Christmas album, Glow.

Brett says his NYC Christmas concert will not only embody the spirit of the celebration he throws every year in Music City - he envisions it as a test run for a trek he'll launch in 2018.

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There are about 15,000 tree farms in the United States, and the top Christmas tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington. "These farms not only offer a variety of trees; they also offer the opportunity to create lasting memories of choosing and cutting the flawless tree for the holiday season".

National Christmas Tree Association spokesman Doug Hundley says you should expect prices for these trees to increase.

He thinks he might sell out early this year but he can't get his hands on more. The trees can also be kept in a garage for a few days to dry it out, which will destroy most of the bugs.

Shortages became evident during the 2016 harvest season, when growers oversold supplies and were forced to harvest trees from their 2017 allocation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service. They suggest getting one soon instead of waiting till the last minute.

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