Clover mites are tiny arachnids that often find their way into homes, causing annoyance and concern among homeowners. Although they are not harmful to humans, their presence can be irritating and unsightly. To help you keep your home pest-free, we've created this simple guide on identifying and controlling clover mites. By following these steps, you can improve the quality of your life and ensure a more comfortable living environment.
Identifying Clover MitesClover mites are minuscule arachnids, typically less than a millimeter in size. They are reddish-brown or dark green in color, with eight legs. The front two legs are longer than the others and are often mistaken for antennae. Here are some key characteristics to help you identify clover mites:
- • Small, oval-shaped bodies
- • Eight legs, with the front two being longer than the others
- • Reddish-brown or dark green color
- • Frequently found near plants and vegetation
Clover Mite Habitats
Clover mites are usually found outdoors, living in and around plants, especially clovers, grasses, and other lawn vegetation. They are more prevalent during the spring and fall, as they thrive in cooler temperatures. These tiny creatures can make their way indoors through cracks, windows, and doorways, looking for moisture and shelter.
Preventing Clover Mite Infestations
Prevention is the most effective way to deal with clover mites. By taking the following steps, you can significantly reduce the chances of these pests entering your home:
- • Keep plants and vegetation at least 18-24 inches away from the foundation of your home.
- • Seal any cracks or gaps in your home's exterior, including around windows and doors.
- • Use a gravel or stone barrier around your home's foundation to deter clover mites from crossing over.
- • Maintain a healthy, well-kept lawn to discourage clover mite infestations.
Controlling Clover Mites
If you've discovered clover mites inside your home, take the following measures to control and eliminate them:
- 1. Vacuum up any visible mites using a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment. Be sure to empty the vacuum bag or canister outside to prevent reinfestation.
- 2. Wash your windows, doors, and any other surfaces where clover mites are present using a mild soap and water solution. This helps to remove any remaining mites and their eggs.
- 3. Use a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture levels in your home, making it less hospitable for clover mites.
- 4. Remove any and all grasses or weeds that are within 2 feet of the house.
- 5. Treat the exterior of your house with Bifen IT at a rate of one ounce per gallon being sure to get up under any cracks or openings in the bottom of the siding and all over the lower walls up to the first floor window. Retreat again after 30 days to ensure complete control.
- 6. You should also treat the lawn around the perimeter of your house out to 10-20 feet away from the house. Some people prefer to use a granular treatment for the exterior of the house. Bifen L/P being one of the most popular.
- 7. Bifen IT is labeled for indoor use as well, however, special care should always be taken when using insecticides inside the home. As always, please follow the label’s instructions when using any kind of pesticide to ensure your safety as well as the environment.
Identifying and controlling clover mites doesn't have to be a daunting task. By following the simple steps outlined in this guide, you can keep your home pest-free and ensure a comfortable living environment. Remember, prevention is key, so take measures to keep your home's exterior sealed and maintain a healthy lawn to discourage clover mite infestations.