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Tiny, Red, And Everywhere: Clover Mite Basics

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With spring weather rapidly approaching, those first blooms of the season aren't far behind. In some areas of the country, that also means an upcoming infestation of tiny red pests known as clover mites. Clover mites are tiny little critters, but they can be a real bother. For homeowners unfamiliar with these creatures, you may wonder what they are and what you should do about them.

Should You Be Worried About Clover Mites?

Understanding that those tiny red bugs are clover mites is only the first step. You need to understand what they are and what they mean for you. For example, clover mites, like other mites, are arachnids. They feed on grass, clover, flowers, and greenery.

You don't need to worry about them hurting you, however. Unlike most arachnids, clover mites don't bite people. They will, unfortunately, leave red stains behind if they're squashed on fabric or any surface.

Why Do Clover Mites Come Inside?

Given the fact that clover mites feed on grass and shrubs and such, you might wonder why they bother to come inside at all. The fact is that many clover mites end up indoors entirely by accident. Even the tiniest crack can lead to a clover mite finding its way into your home. Sometimes they come in intentionally, though. If it's been exceedingly rainy, dry, hot, or otherwise uncomfortable, they may seek refuge in your home.

Are Clover Mites Hard To Eliminate?

If you have noticed a large number of clover mites outside your home and you are starting to see them indoors as well, you might wonder how hard they will be to get rid of. Unlike some pests that you can eliminate with over-the-counter pest control products, clover mites can be difficult to eradicate. 

You need a pesticide that's designed specifically for their unique needs. Most over-the-counter products are too generic to effectively target these arachnids. As a result, it's usually easier to work with a pest control company to get rid of them instead.

Additionally, clover mites multiply rapidly. Female clover mites can lay nearly a hundred eggs at a time. That can make it difficult to get control of a potential infestation. Working with a pest control company is the best way to stop the reproduction cycle and eliminate these mites from your home.

Reach out to a pest control service near you today for more information or to get answers to any other questions you may have about these pests.