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Clover mites

Biology

Clover mites are common nuisance pests in Ohio, often invading structures in enormous numbers. These tiny pests are most troublesome in spring and again in fall. They may appear as brick-red specks crawling around window sills or inside sliding glass doors during the winter months on warm sunny days, drapes, curtains and furniture. Clover mites often invade buildings near areas where the sun is warmest; many people report invasions on the south or southwest side of the building

Pest Facts

Color: Reddish-brown clover mites controlled by Expert Pest
Legs: Eight
Shape: Oval
Size: 1/30 inch. smaller than a pin head
Antennae: No
Flying : No
Region : All 50 states

Habits

Clover mites lay tiny, reddish eggs under tree bark, in cracks of fence posts or foundation walls and other protected locations. Eggs laid in the late spring lay dormant in the hot summer and hatch in the fall. In Ohio, there are at least two generations of clover mites each year, invading homes in the fall and spring when temperatures are moderate. Clover mites are usually inactive during summer and winter.

Habitat

During most of the year clover mites are found outside in lawns and on other landscaping plants.

Threats

These mites are so tiny, they readily invade homes by entering through cracks around windows, doorways and other entry points. Clover mites do not damage buildings and furnishings, nor do they injure humans and pets. Clover mites feed by sucking sap from various plants. They feed on clover, lawn and other grasses, various trees, ornamental plants and shrubs, but do not cause much damage.

Prevention

Effective control means preventing entry into buildings in the spring or the fall. The best way to prevent entry is to remove grasses and weeds in a three-foot strip around foundations, although mites may cross mulch and pea gravel to enter the home anyway. Some flowers and plants are less attractive to clover mites. If these plants are located near the house, it may serve as a barrier to mite movement from the lawn into the building. These plants include: petunia, salvia, geranium, chrysanthemum, rose, zinnia, yew, arborvitae, juniper and spruce.

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