Clover mites are very tiny, as in as small as the head of a pen. They are a member of the arachnid family, and therefore have eight legs. If you see them, you’ll notice that they are slow moving, and are usually found outside. Clover mites are more of a nuisance than dangerous, but still having clover mites running around in the home is still very frustrating. If you see one, you are looking at a red dot almost, and won’t look like a pest unless looking very closely. If clover mites are evident in or out of our home, call the real Nashville Pest Control and they can get rid of them for you.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
Clover mites are extremely small, and only about 1/30 of an inch. They are oval shaped, and have six legs. The front pair of legs are much longer than the other legs. If you see one, you’re probably looking at what looks like a red polka dot. These pests experience 4 life stages—eggs, larva, nymphs, and adults. They overwinter in dry locations while in the egg stage. These areas include cracks of sidewalks, foundation cracks, or logs. The eggs begin to hatch in the spring seasons, and start to become active in the summer. They invade homes through cracks and crevices found around the area.
Habitat and Behavior:
Clover mites are simply a nuisance, even though they are not dangerous towards humans. They do not destroy furniture or clothing, but they do become an annoyance. Usually, they feed on plants and plant juices, so once they are inside, they will quickly die. If they are crushed, they leave a red stain full of their body pigments. If they are invading your home, they could be found around your fruit bowl or plants (if you have any inside). They can live on rooftops, or on the sides of houses where mold and mildew are present, giving them a source of food.
Level of Danger:
As stated previously, clover mites are not dangerous as they do not cause infections or spread diseases. However, they are a nuisance and cause irritation whenever they are found inside the home. They can get on linens, in the carpet, or on curtains.
Signs of Infestation:
The most obvious indicator of an infestation of clover mites, is by seeing a lot of red mites walking around windowsills, counter tops, etc.
One of the best ways to prevent clover mites is by removing any weeds, or tall grass around the foundation of the home. Clover mites do not like to cross through mulch, or soiled areas. Another way is by sealing in crack or crevice around the home as well, as the mites can creep through those entries. However, the number one way to prevent clover mites is by calling the real Nashville Pest Control and allowing one of our trained and certified specialists rid of that nuisance for you.