Clover mites are a spring and fall pest. They can appear in very high numbers, sometimes in the thousands, and are often found crawling around windowsills and outside areas of a home.
These small creatures are similar to other mites but are distinguishable their red and green coloring and long front legs.
They are not harmful to humans or pets and do not cause any direct damage within the home; however, they can stain light-colored walls, carpet, fabrics and papers if they are crushed on them.
The issue with clover mites is that they are plant feeders and can destroy a garden. Their preferred diet includes clovers and various lawn grasses, but clover mites can also eat decorative shrubs and trees.
NOTE: a large population of clover mites are often associated with lawns that have either been newly laid or heavily fertilized, and if you find a thick growth of well-fertilized grass near the foundation of your home, that is most likely the source of a clover mite infestation.
Preventing Clover Mites:
- caulk exterior cracks and openings around doors, windows and in the foudnation
- have a grass-free area around your foundation about 18 to 24 inches wide (barren, covered with mulch or pea gravel, and certain types of flowers)
- Flowers such as zinnia, marigold, salvia, rose, chrysanthemum and petunias are NOT attractive to clover mites
- shrubs such as barberry, juniper and spruce are likewise NOT attractive to clover mites
Eliminating Clover Mites
Inside it is possible to collect a lot of the clover mites in your home by vacuuming, however in order for a complete removal both inside and outside your home pesticides are necessary. Because of the dangerous natures of many pesticides it’s highly recommended that you a hire a professional to come services your house for you. Mick’s uses methods and products that are safe for your home, your family and your pets.