Clover mites are tiny little reddish brown mites, smaller than the head of a pin. They usually hatch in the late summer, when temperatures are cooler. You might also see them after heavy rains, or after the winter. They are not insects, being related to spiders, chiggers and ticks. While they do not attack humans or animals or damage your house, Clover mites will damage your lawn and plants if you have a large enough infestation. If you see that patches of your lawn have become brown, or the leaves of the plants in your garden have turned silvery, it may be a sign that you have a Clover mite infestation. Clover mites naturally nest in vertical surfaces like rocks and tree trunks. So if there is grass and vegetation that is close to your house, your house just might be a good candidate for a Clover mite infestation. They usually invade a house when colder weather approaches. And this they can do easily if grass and vegetation is growing close to your house. They get into the cracks and crevasses of houses and lay their eggs, which lie dormant during the height of summer and winter, and once spring or fall approaches the eggs hatch and the mites become active.
While they are not harmful as such, they are annoying. Crushing them leaves unattractive reddish brown stains. And, naturally, you want to get rid of them.
Most indoor pesticides are not effective in getting rid of them, and pesticides that are suitable for the outdoors are not safe to use inside a house. If you do have an infestation inside the house, you will want to call a pest control company that can get rid of these mites, safely and naturally for you.
There are also things you could do to prevent a Clover mite infestation. Make sure any outdoor plants you are moving into the house don’t have these mites, don’t overly fertilize your lawn, this way their natural predators can thrive and keep their population down, and finally, certain plants like petunias and roses discourage these mites. If you do have an infestation, its best to call a company like Mr. Pest Control. We can get rid of these mites safely and naturally, and also help prevent future infestations.