Is it Ever a Good Time for Clover Mites?


Clover Mites    General Pest Control   

Are you tired of seeing tiny red bugs emerge inside your home in the springtime? We don't blame you. Spring is a good time for many things, - A good time to throw open your windows to let the fresh, cool air filter through your house; a good time to dig into fresh, new earth; a good time to visit parks and outdoor museums; a good time to just soak up the warm sunshine - But it is not a good time to have to deal with little red bugs that seem to appear out of nowhere, and make a red stain when you try to get rid of them.

Is there anything that can be done about these little red bugs? Is there any way to keep these and other household pests from invading your homes in spring? Well, you've come to the right place to find out. It just so happens that we know a few things about keeping bugs out, but before we get to that, let's learn a little more about these tiny red bugs called clover mites.

  • Clover mites are a close relative of spiders and ticks.

  • Clover mites build up large populations around structures that are surrounded by lush lawns and shrubbery.

  • Though they are plant feeders and can be found infesting more than 200 plants, they are also able to live off algae or mold.

  • Large numbers of clover mites sometimes occur on the flat roofs of commercial buildings that are associated with moss growth.

  • Female clover mites do not need males to reproduce. They lay unfertilized eggs, about 70 for each female. Typically they lay these eggs in cracks and faults of concrete foundations, in mortar crevices, between building walls, and in other protected places.

  • They can become a real nuisance when they move inside dwelling places, and most invasions of these tiny red bugs occur in spring or fall.

  • Clover mites can be found anywhere in a house, but most often on the south side because of the warmth.

How do you keep clover mites out of your home?

  • Remove grass and weeds from around the outside of your home, leaving a bare strip of one or two feet. Mites do not like to cross bare, loose soil, and are more likely to travel across grass.

  • Consider laying down a strip of pea gravel in a band around your foundation.

  • Inspect your foundation and walls for gaps or cracks and fill them in using a caulking gun.

  • Use weather stripping around foundations, windows and doors.

  • Employ the services of a pest control company.

If you are serious about keeping clover mites and other household pests out of your home, American Pest is here to help. Let us take care of all your pest control needs, so you can enjoy your springtime pest-free.


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