October 5, 2017
Clover Mite Prevention Tips
Clover mites are insects that usually feed on plants outside, but sometimes, they find their way inside. In fact, since the end of World War II these tiny creatures have become much more common as a home-invading pest and, at times, will invade homes by the thousands.
What Are Clover Mites?
As an adult, a clover mite is one of the largest mites that will infest your plants. They have 8 legs, are about .75 mm long, are oval shaped, and are either greenish or reddish. A clover mite has a greatly elongated first pair of legs (which is sometimes mistaken for antennae) and feather-like plates, or scales, sparsely arranged on its abdomen.
What Problems Do Clover Mites Pose?
Sometimes clover mites hide in wall voids or other areas where they can be difficult to treat. Because of this, it is important to consider employing the help of an educated pest technician to get rid of them.
Clover mites are hard to control with chemicals that are safe to use inside a home. Again, a professional is very helpful in this respect, in that they are trained to use EPA-approved products according to strict safety guidelines.
Clover mites can be an indication of larger problems. If clover mites are getting in, it is likely that you have a moisture issue. And if these insects are getting in, it won't be long before other pests make those entry points larger. And many other pests are much more of a threat to home and family, pests such as termites, cockroaches, and rodents.
Why Are Clover Mites Choosing Your Home?
These tiny pests, like other moisture-loving pests, are drawn to damp conditions. If you have wet or damp areas around your foundation, you may as well have a welcome mat down for these pests. And if you have any gaps or cracks at all in your foundation or walls, then clover mites and other pests will exploit them.
Make Your Home Less Inviting To Clover Mites
Dry things out around the perimeter of your home. Trim back vegetation from your outer walls and foundation. Fix any outside leaks. If you have mulch, consider replacing it with a dry material such as crushed rock.
Inspect and seal up any gaps, cracks or holes found in your foundation or walls.
Check weather stripping and make sure it makes a close seal, especially on sliding glass doors.
Dry out the inside of your home by using dehumidifiers and/or fans in places where moisture tends to build up.
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