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Clover Mite Identification & Prevention

Clover mites are occasional invaders that typically enter homes and businesses in large numbers in the late fall. Clover mites are a type of mite and are close relatives of ticks and spiders. They are not insects.


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Clover mites are very tiny in size; adults only grow to be about the size of a pinhead. Clover mites have an oval body, are wingless, and have four pairs of legs; using magnification, you can see that their front legs are much bigger than the rest of the legs. Clover mites are usually red; however, they may be more greenish or brown depending on the specific species.

Biology and Behavior

  • Clover mites reproduce parthenogenetically; this means that the females do not need males to reproduce. 
  • Clover mites complete four stages throughout their life: egg, larva, nymph, and adult.
  • Females can 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 both the egg and adult stages.
  • When the weather warms 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 happily feed on grasses and weeds.
  • Clover mites are not dangerous to people or pets.
  • Clover mites can become a considerable annoyance inside homes and other buildings because they invade in 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.
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Clover Mite Prevention Tips

  • Inspect the exterior walls of your home or other property, sealing any very large or small cracks or crevices found.
  • Caulk gaps found around windows and doors.
  • Install door sweeps underneath all exterior doors.
  • Fill in spaces found around utility lines and pipes that are entering 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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