Clover Mite Identification & Prevention

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Frequently Asked Questions About Clover Mites

a clover mite on bark

What are clover mites?

A type of plant feeder, clover mites often find their way into homes and other structures. They are tiny mites that are able to move inside through the tiniest of cracks and crevices. These pinhead-sized arachnids have an oval-shaped body that is usually reddish-brown. Depending on their species and diet, clover mites may also be brown, yellow, or green.

Adult clover mite adults have eight legs. Under a microscope, you can see that their front two legs are much larger than the rest of their legs.

Are clover mites dangerous?

Clover mites are landscape pests that use their specialized mouthparts to feed on the juices of clover, grasses, and other lawn plants. Though they can invade outdoor spaces in large numbers, they rarely are able to cause significant damage to grass and landscape plants.

The main concern with clover mites is their ability to move inside of homes and other structures in large numbers. Their tiny size allows them to take advantage of the smallest cracks and crevices in foundations and spaces under exterior doors. Once inside, they are easily crushed and leave behind red stains on floors, carpets, curtains, and upholstered furniture.

Why do I have a clover mite problem?

Clover mites become most problematic for people in the spring. This season is the time of year when clover mites hatch and emerge from where their overwintering hiding spots. Their overwintering spots are often the soil located next to the foundations of buildings. After hatching, the warm sunny side of buildings provides young clover mites with the warmth they are seeking. As the clover mites gather and move along the exterior of structures, they move inside through any spaces they discover.

Where will I find clover mites?

Clover mites live outside in areas that are close to our homes which is why they so easily invade them. Adult clover mites gather in grassy areas like our yards, parks, golf courses, and athletic fields. Clover mites overwinter as eggs behind trees bark and in the soil next to foundations, sidewalks, and driveways.

How do I get rid of clover mites?

The best way to avoid problems with clover mites and other pests is to seek the help of a professional pest control expert. The technicians at Albemarle Termite & Pest Control are dedicated to providing safe, affordable, and effective pest control for all sorts of home pest control problems. We can eliminate existing infestations and help you to prevent future invasions. If you are looking forward to a pest-free home, call Albemarle Termite & Pest Control today!

How can I prevent clover mites in the future?

Keep these and other pests off your property with the help of the following prevention tips.

  • Create an 18-20 inch barrier between any soil and your home’s foundation.
  • Keep grass cut short and away from your home’s foundation.
  • Cut weeds and overgrown vegetation away from your home’s walls.
  • Inspect your home’s foundation and exterior walls sealing any openings discovered.
  • Place door sweeps on exterior doors.

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