Clover mites are reddish brown in color and ovoid in shape. As arachnids, mites have four pairs of legs and are incapable of flight. Clover mites are slow moving. They are known to reproduce in the spring and summer, when temperatures are suitable for their breeding and survival.
Although clover mites are not a danger to human health and do not destroy furniture, they can become indoor pests. Their populations grow rapidly, as females lay up to 70 eggs, each of which matures within 30 days. Eggs can be found in small crevices in concrete and wooden structures, as well as within walls, under loose bark and in other protected locations. Clover mites feed on plants, with clover being a preferred food source, hence their name. When plants begin to die in the fall, it results in the mass movements of the mites, potentially into the home. Inside the home, these mites leave reddish stains on surfaces when they are crushed. Outside, clover mite populations are extremely destructive, as they feed on plants, flowers and grass.
Appropriately labeled insecticides can be used to eliminate clover mites inside the home. Always follow label directions. Because clover mites reside within close proximity to their preferred food sources, controlling the growth of grass and weeds outside the home will help to ensure that clover mite infestations do not occur.
For best results, contact your local pest control professionals. They know how to deal with clover mite infestations in the safest, most effective manner.