It was a plague of biblical proportions! TikTok user @andeekitty shared a shocking story of her Christmas tree being infested by praying mantises.

Her video, which is a photo compilation of creepy crawlers, now has 4.3 million views. “Only a fake tree from now on,” the caption reads.

Viewers were stunned, with one saying, “the fresh pine smell ain’t worth this.”

“The tree really said, ‘let us pray,'” another joked.

Praying mantises lay eggs in Christmas conifers, which shelter them from weather and predators. Warm indoor weather will prompt these eggs to hatch. (NY Post)