Clover Mite Identification & Prevention

What are clover mites?

One of the more common types of landscape feeding pests, clover mites, are tiny organisms that belong to the arachnid family. They use their specialized piercing mouthparts to feed on the juices of clover, grasses, and other types of lawn plants. Only the size of a pinhead, these pests can cause significant problems in yards and homes because they congregate together in large groups.

clover mite on a rock

An adult clover mite has an oval-shaped body and eight legs, with the two front legs being much larger than the others. These large front legs are often confused with being antennae which they lack. Clover mites are usually red but are also brown or green, depending on their species and diet.

Are clover mites dangerous?

Clover mites are occasional invaders; they are not dangerous pests; they don't cause any lasting damage despite feeding on grass and plants. Though not dangerous, these tiny pests cause aesthetic issues when they find their way inside a home. Due to their tiny size, these pests move easily inside homes through tiny cracks and crevices in exterior walls. Once inside, they become crushed, leaving behind red stains on walls, curtains, floors, and furniture.

Why do I have a clover mite problem?

They like to gather together after newly hatched clover mites emerge from overwintering sites in the spring. Clover mites often choose the warm sunny sides of homes and other structures to gather and seek warmth. As they move up the sides of structures, they find their way inside through tiny, difficult openings for homeowners to detect.

Where will I find clover mites?

Clover mites live in yards, parks, athletic fields, and other grassy areas. Clover mites overwinter as eggs, and common overwintering locations include the cracks of sidewalks, in the soil next to foundations, behind tree bark, and in residential areas, thus leading to problems once spring arrives. 

How do I get rid of clover mites?

If you are looking for clover mite control in the Charlotte area, turn to the local and experienced professionals at Aruza Pest Control. We offer comprehensive residential pest control, commercial pest management, superior customer service, and the peace of mind of guaranteed services! Our eco-friendly solutions solve current pest problems and keep them from returning. For home and business owners wanting to protect their property from clover mites, turn to the pest control specialists at Aruza Pest Control!

How can I prevent clover mites in the future?

Clover mites live and breed outside and are challenging to keep out of your yard. However, with the help of the specialists at Aruza Pest Control and the following prevention tips, you protect against clover mites.

  • Inspect your home’s foundation and exterior walls, caulk any small crack or crevice you discover- remember clover mites are tiny!

  • Place weather-stripping around windows and doors.

  • Seal spaces around utilities entering into your property.

  • Create an 18-20 inch crushed stone barrier between any grass and your home’s foundation.

  • Cut back weeds and overgrown vegetation back away from your home’s foundation.

If you have questions or concerns regarding clover mites on your property, our experts at Aruza pest can help.

 

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