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Description

Clover mites are very tiny in size; adults only grow to be about the size of a pinhead. Clover mites have an oval body, they are not winged, and they have four pairs of legs; using magnification you can see that their front legs are much bigger in size than the rest of the legs. Clover mites are usually red in color; however depending on the specific species they may be a more greenish or brown color.

Biology and Behavior

tiny red clover mite

  • Clover mites reproduce parthenogentically; this means that the females do not need males in order to reproduce. 

  • Clover mites complete four stages throughout their life: egg, larva, nymph and adult.

  • Females have the ability to lay up to 70 eggs at a time.

  • The female clover mite lays her eggs throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons.

  • Clover mites can overwinter in the both the egg and adult stage.

  • When the weather warms to above freezing in the spring, the overwintering eggs hatch and develop into new, mature adults.

  • Clover mites are plant feeders, and as their name suggests they love to feed on clover; but they will also happily feed on grasses and weeds as well. 

  • Clover mites are not dangerous to people or pets.

  • Clover mites can become a huge annoyance inside of homes and other buildings because they invade in very large numbers.

  • Clover mites can cause damages to property; as they crawl throughout your home or business, they are often accidentally crushed and leave behind red stains. The stains can damage upholstered furniture, curtains, clothing, carpets, and like items.

Clover Mite Prevention Tips

  • Inspect the exterior walls of your home or other property, sealing any very large or very small cracks or crevices found.

  • Caulk gaps found around windows and doors.

  • Install door sweeps underneath of all exterior doors.

  • Fill in spaces found around utility lines and pipes that are entering into your property.

  • Create an 18-20 inch stone barrier between your home’s or business’s foundation and any grass or weeds that may be present.

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