Hundreds of praying mantises infiltrate woman’s home after hitchhiking on Christmas tree

A praying mantis pictured on a table in this November 12, 2015 file photo. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

A Virginia woman’s home was overrun by more than a hundred praying mantises after the insects hatched from a brown egg sack that was attached to her Christmas tree that was destined for the curb.

“Bugs,” Molly Kreuze told Springfield’s ABC7 News. “Crawling on the walls, crawling on the ceilings. Just kind of moving.”

With their bulging eyes and bizarrely shaped legs and head, dozens of praying mantises invaded Kreuze’s home after popping out of an egg sack that was underneath one of the tree’s branches.

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“They are fast, they jump,” Kreuze explained.

Kreuze, who happens to be a veterinarian, began collecting the creepy critters with a shoebox and an envelope and storing them in a glass case. She’s been feeding them fruit flies while she tries to find someone who wants to take the creatures home.

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“In my Googling, I discovered people really like praying mantises,” Kreuze told the news station. “They are useful. They eat other bugs. People use them for organic gardening. I hope to find them a home.”

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It’s common for praying mantises to make their way into homes via the Christmas tree route. A quick search on social media shows other families running into the same predicament while inspecting their festive decoration.

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As for Kreuze, the vet said she will opt for an artificial tree next holiday season.

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