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- Have a tendency to gather on sunny sides of homes and buildings
- Clover mite eggs do not require fertilization by males
- According to Penn State, clover mites have become a more common household pests since the conclusion of WWII
- Are more closely related to ticks than insects but are not dangerous to health like ticks
These tiny red bugs are found throughout the eastern United States. Clover mites are very common in late spring as the weather begins to warm up. They are tiny, but they sure do prove to be a nuisance for many homeowners in Aiken and surrounding SC areas.
What do clover mites look like?
Clover mites are very small, which is why they are often referred to as those tiny red bugs. The adults are reddish to brown in color and the immature mites and eggs are a bright red. Clover mites have eight legs with two at the head that are often thought to be antennae, not that you can see them that well.
Clover mite habits and behaviors
Clover mites feed on a wide range of plants including: lawn grasses, ornamental flowers, clover, dandelion, strawberry, daffodils and primrose. There may be a larger population in lawns that are especially lush with fertilizer. Sometimes, clover mites gravitate to the inside of a home via any small cracks or openings. Inside, clover mites are mostly looking for food and shelter.
Are clover mites dangerous?
Clover mites don’t really harm any of the plants they feed on. Sometimes if there are a lot of clover mites, the grasses they feed on turn a silvery color. They are more of a nuisance than a threat to homes and properties in South Carolina. In the home they will prefer sunny areas and if squashed, they may leave a red stain.
Does Aiken treat clover mites?
Yes, we do treat for clover mites. Please call us for more information on our home pest control services.