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What are clover mites?

Clover mites are true mites and are very closely related to ticks and spiders. They are very small and are often known as “tiny red bugs." They are a household pest that invades in very large numbers, especially in the fall and spring months. Clover mites feed on clover, grass, weeds and other plants.

What do they look like?

Clover mites are red in color and are no larger than the size of a pinhead. Clover mites have distinctive long front legs in comparison to the small size of their body.

Do clover mites bite?

No, clover mites cannot bite.

Are clover mites dangerous?

No, clover mites are not dangerous. They are not a threat to humans or pets, and do not cause major structural damage to homes. They may, however, leave behind a red stain on walls, carpets, curtains, or other areas of your home if crushed.

What are the signs of a clover mite infestation?

If you have a clover mite infestation you will see an influx of tiny red bugs on the outside walls of your home, especially on the sides that get the most sun. You may also see clover mites crawling on the windows, window sills, and walls of your home.

Why do I have a clover mite problem?

Clover mites are sensitive to cooler temperatures and are drawn to the outside of your home or building where the sun hits looking for warmth. As they are crawling up the side of your house they will make their way inside through small cracks and crevices.

How do I get rid of clover mites?

Clover mites can be very difficult to control and eliminate from your home because of their large numbers. The best way to handle a clover mite infestation within your home is to contact a professional pest control company. A year round, residential, pest control service will control clover mites as well as many other pests in and around your home. Click here to learn more about Big Blue’s quality home pest control program!

Clover mite prevention tips from Big Blue Bug Solutions

  • Caulk any cracks found around exterior windows and doors.

  • Replace or repair any screens that are ripped or torn.

  • Seal cracks and crevices around found in your home’s foundation or siding.

  • Create a gravel or stone barrier between grass and your home’s foundation.

  • Trim back trees, bushes and other landscaping away from your home.

 

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