Pest Guide: What Is a Clover Mite?

What You Need to Know About Clover Mites in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

Clover mites are tiny bugs that are oval-shaped and reddish in color. These mites are plant feeders and infest the grass, plants, and landscaping surrounding your home. They are not dangerous to humans, but they are a nuisance because they often invade homes in large swarms.

Due to their microscopic size, these mites are often difficult to get rid of on your own. Contact My Pest Pros to help you eliminate your clover mite problem. Our technicians can quickly, efficiently, and safely handle your pest problem so you don’t have to.

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How to Identify a Clover Mite Infestation

Learn about Clover Mites in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

clover mite is a little red bug

Identifying clover mites is difficult because they are very small. To the naked eye, they are no bigger than a pinhead. They also look similar to other bugs, such as Chiggers, so without the help of a microscope or a trained pest expert, its hard to clearly identify these pests.

If you look at them up close, you may notice that they look like a tick or a spider because clover mites are closely related. Like other mites, they have long front legs that they use to invade homes.

Because identifying a clover mite is so difficult, it is best to get a professional’s opinion if you see a bunch of tiny, red insects in your home. Professionals will be able to inspect the bugs up close to confirm the type of pest.


Common Questions About Clover Mites

Clover mite infestations are typically caused by two problems. First, they are attracted to your property if you have a lawn around your home. If you have a particularly grassy, weedy, or clover-ridden lawn, they will flock to the area.

During the day, you might find these bugs on the outside of your home. These pests like sunny areas and will gather by the thousands on brick walls, siding, and other similar surfaces around homes and businesses.

Once these mites are on your property, they can make their way inside your home by crawling through tiny crevices around windows, doors, and siding.

No, these mites are not dangerous. Although they invade homes and businesses, they do not cause damage to the structures. They don't bite or spread diseases to humans or pets.  They mainly are a nuisance.

Due to their red color, these mites can leave stains on walls and surfaces if they are smushed. You should wipe down walls frequently to prevent any permanent stains.

Getting rid of these small mites is a difficult task. These pests are very small, which allows them to hide in crevices and they infest homes in large quantities. They can be next to impossible to exterminate effectively on your own.

The best way to get rid of clover mites is to contact our professional team. Our team is skilled at eradicating even the smallest of pests. Our main technique is to locate and seal the points of entry.

Tips for Preventing Clover Mites

  • Avoid over-watering mulch, plants and grass.
  • Keep mulch at least 12 inches from siding and ideally 12-18 inches from your foundation.
  • Seal gaps around doors, windows, and foundation.
  • Add a layer of stones around your foundation instead of mulch.

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Clover Mites

We understand that these mites are a serious nuisance and can be frustrating for many homeowners. My Pest Pros' technicians have a lot of experience with clover mite problems and can quickly and effectively treat your home to get rid of them as well as other pests. We will work with you and use EPA-approved products to protect your family and home.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for all of your pests problems.

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