Brief Description of Clover Mites
The Clover Mite is an arachnid that invades homes in the spring and fall
of the year. Many of our clients contact us, asking about very tiny bugs
seen crawling on their walls around windows and doors of their homes. When
mashed, the dead mite leaves a red mark that resembles blood. This red
mark leaves most people to believe that they are dealing with a tick or other
blood-feeding bug, which is not the case.
Clover mites feed on juices from plants, not the blood of animals or humans.
This mite has a habit (in their natural surroundings) of migrating to trees
where they hide in the tree's bark. If close to a home, the arachnid
considers the building the same as it would a tree - a wonderful place to hide
from extreme temperatures. Entering through tiny openings around windows
and doors, the clover mite invades the wall voids of the structure and then
enter the house itself.
There are mechanical (non-chemical) methods for preventing these invasions but
most people are not willing to totally rid the perimeter of their homes of turf
grasses and ornamental shrubs that enhance the beauty of their homes. Most
people also neglect the watering needs of their lawns in the cooler seasons of
the year, which attributes to larger populations of clover mites.
Elimination of Clover Mite Infestations
Treating the interior and exterior of homes with a good clover
mite spray will not only kill existing mites but will also greatly reduce
the numbers of future mites in the home. Spraying with Talstar
Concentrate indoors and on the exterior surfaces of the home as well as
vegetation around the home is recommended. If you have large numbers of
clover mites crawling on the walls of your home, you can kill them with a Pyrethrin
For more information on how to treat for clover mites, go to the
Clover Mite Spray information page.
Pest Control Supplies
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