Do Clover Mites Bite?

04/13/2015


Clover Mites   

No, clover mites do not bite humans or animals. They will however, attack plants, grass and leaves. Clover mites are extremely small arachnids. They are closely related to the spider and tick. These small insects are a reddish brown color. If crushed, they leave a red stain behind due to their coloration. They tend to travel in large groups. These pests are more of a nuisance than anything else. Hiding out in cracks and crevices in rocks, bark, foundations and siding, they can be found on almost all types of property. Females lay about 70 eggs each. Once they hatch they migrate to near-by food sources.

Clover mites feed primarily on vegetation. Eating grass, clovers, algae and mold, they can literally suck the sap from these plants for nourishment. They have been found on over 200 different types of plants. These clover mite colonies enjoy warmer weather in the spring and will come out of hibernation in the spring to find food. Overwintering in your home is often done without you knowing. Spring brings their emergence which puts you into a full infestation. Remember they are harmless to you and your pets. These nuisance pests are truly just annoying to find around your home.

There are a few things your can do to help try to prevent clover mites from entering your home. Create a barrier of gravel, rock, wood chips or course sand about 24 inches wide around the foundation of your home. It is difficult for these pests to cross this barrier and enter your home. This will also help keep other pests away from your home as well. There are chemical DIY products out there to eliminate clover mites. However these can be dangerous to use on your own and must be used exactly as the directions state. The best course for totally eliminating any pests is to call a professional pest exterminator they will have the knowledge and training to help you full eliminate any pests.

Here at American Pest we offer year round home pest control services that will keep clover mites and other annoying insects and rodents off your property and out of your home. Just because a pest is a nuisance doesn’t mean that you should have to deal with them under foot. A pest free home is a happy home.






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