So you’ve been noticing a bunch of little red bugs around your home or business, what are they?
They are clover mites!
Clover mites are found in nearly every state in the United States and are very common. They are referred to as nuisance pests and are most commonly found on sunny days in the Spring and Fall. When you see one of these little red bugs, you’ll often find many others because they are colony pests. They are closely related to spiders and ticks and have similar anatomies as well. That being said, although they’re in similar families, they are quite different and are actually considered mites rather than insects.
As you might have gathered from their name, they often feed on clovers in your lawn, but will eat pretty much any grass or plants in your yard. So if you have any sort of green in your lawn, there’s a good chance that
There are often quite a few clover mites around each other because they reproduce differently than other pests you might be familiar with. Clover mites don’t need a male to reproduce. They use a process called parthenogenesis which allows the females to reproduce quickly and without a partner. Although this is a benefit for the clover mites, it’s not a benefit for you as you’re trying to keep them under control. With the ability to lay up to 70 eggs at one time, you really need to keep these populations under control!
What Do Clover Mites Look Like?
Clover Mites are the small red bugs that you’ll often find crawling on the outside of your home, they seem to love crawling around brick and wood like fences and railings.
They are about the size of a pinhead, red-colored they have four pairs of legs with larger front legs than the back sets. Along with this, they are generally oval-shaped with thicker plated skin on the bottom of their stomach.
Are Clover Mites Dangerous?
When you see a huge colony of pests, your first thought will probably be if they’re dangerous or not, and the same stands with Clover Mites.
Thankfully have no fear, clover mites are not dangerous to humans or pets, and they are simply classified as nuisance pests because they are annoying rather than dangerous.
That being said, because clover mites feed on plants and flowers, they can pose a threat to your lawn, plants and flowers. If you notice them around, then they’re feeding on something!
How To Get Rid Of Clover Mites?
If you’re dealing with clover mites around your home or property, don’t fear too much, because they can be controlled.
- Inspect your property along the perimeter of your home and lawn and attempt to identify large amounts of clover mites. This can be difficult because they are so small, but if you see one or two, chances are that athere are quite a few nearby.
- Treat your lawn with a lawn pesticide such as Bifen LP Granules. Because clover mites live where their food source is, you’ll have to treat your lawn specifically if you want to keep them under control. A lawn pesticide such as Bifen LP Granules, is safe for your lawn while effective against pests such as clover mites.
- Use a perimeter insecticide such as Reclaim IT around your lawn and home perimeter. Although clover mites live in your lawn and plants, they’ll often wander onto the side of your home or your fence and railings. To help ensure they don’t wander towards your home it’s a good idea to use a perimeter solution such as Reclaim IT to spray the perimeter of your home and give a bit of protection.
- If clover mites are entering your home, attempt to find their point of entrance and seal it with caulk to seal the opening.
Final Thoughts On Clover Mites:
Overall clover mites can be extremely annoying, but at least they’re not directly dangerous to your family or pets. That being said, they do feed on plants and flowers, so you’ll want to ensure they stay under control. Thankfully with a little bit of planning and some well placed products, you can keep your clover mite infestation under control in no time!