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Red Clover Mites

red clover miteClover mites are a common nuisance in and around houses and gardens. Although most noticeable in the fall and again in the spring, they also may be troublesome on calm, sunny days in the winter. This pest is not an insect but a true mite, slightly smaller than the head of a pin with a reddish or reddish-brown body. When the mites are crushed, they leave rusty or blood-red spots.

Clover mites don’t really cause any damage to your house or your health. Mites feed primarily on the lawns and plant materials by sucking sap from grasses, clover, and other plants. In the fall they sometimes can be seen in very large numbers on walls, windows, tree trunks, and other outside surfaces where they seek protected hiding places. Homeowners will tend to notice them inside on window sills and frames. They crawl into cracks around windows or in foundation walls and under siding, shingles, or shakes. But whether indoors or out, most of the mites will congregate on the sunny side of the house.

Cold weather tends to slow down or stop the mites' activity, which resumes again in the spring; however, on especially sunny days, they may be seen even in the winter. With the advent of warm weather, the mites become active again and ultimately return to the lawns to feed.

Red Clover Mite Control

If only small numbers of clover mites are being found, use a vacuum or wipe up the mites with a damp cloth to remove them. Be careful not to crush the mites as they can stain surfaces.

If you having a problem with large numbers entering your home, you can treat the foundation to deter them with a residual insecticide, such as permethrin, bifenthrin, or cyfluthrin (be sure it is labeled for spraying the outside of homes). You can also consider hiring a professional pest control service to treat your home’s exterior.

If you deal with this problem most years and are looking for a more sustainable approach to managing them, you can try maintaining a barrier of clean, bare soil around your home, i.e. free of grass, mulch and leaves. Clover mites generally do not cross such a barrier. This barrier should be about 18 to 24 inches wide. If you do have annuals, perennials, or shrubs planted in this zone, have them far enough apart so the clover mites cannot easily bridge across this barrier. Landscape rock is not enough of a deterrent to keep clover mites away from buildings.

Ask about our Home Protection Plan, this is the best protection we can provide to control pests in and around your home. Pests are a constant threat to your home environment and with on-going inspection, treatment and correction of conducive conditions, All County can provide a much better living environment for you and your family.

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