It’s easy to recognize big pests like mice or roaches when they infest your home, and you already know to call in the pest control professionals when they spot one of these pests. However, smaller bugs are often overlooked if homeowners can’t identify them or believe they are harmless – especially clover mites.
What Are Clover Mites?
Clover mites are those tiny red bugs seen everywhere during the spring and fall seasons, especially in the Greater St. Louis area. Although they are closely related to ticks and spiders, they aren’t dangerous to your family or pets, but they are annoying and can leave behind red stains when crushed.
Females don’t need males to reproduce, and they lay up to 70 eggs at a time. It only takes 30 days for them to mature, and you’ll often find them in large numbers when they infest your home. They love sun and moisture, so they’ll first congregate in and around your house in the areas that offer light and a source of water.
How Do Clover Mites Get In?
Neighborhoods or properties with growing, well-fertilized grass are prime real estate for clover mites as this grass holds plenty of moisture. Research shows that 80,000 of them can fit in one square foot of your yard! Remember that mulch also retains moisture, attracting them and other pests like termites, ants, and spiders.
Windows are often the main entryway for clover mites looking for a home as they offer minuscule cracks and surfaces we don’t often see without looking closely. It’s almost impossible to keep them out of your home altogether due to so many access points around the exterior of your home.
How Do I Get Rid of Clover Mites?
The best way to avoid a clover mite infestation is by preventing one in the first place. By taking some steps to create barriers of sorts around your home, you significantly reduce the risk of them choosing to set up shop in your home. Sealing windows and doors with painter’s or masking tape around the insulation can close entry points. You can also landscape with dry (non-moisture-absorbing) material like gravel instead of mulch or grass, creating a buffer about 18″ out from the exterior of your home. This makes it much harder for clover mites to move from the grass to your home.
It’s also an excellent idea to contact pest control professionals that have specialized yard treatment for clover mites – something our team here at PestShield can tackle. We spray around the perimeter of the home’s exterior and 4′ up the walls, which will prevent them but not eradicate the current infestation. Multiple yard treatments could be necessary to prepare for another surge of clover mites in the fall, and there’s no guarantee that the treatments will get rid of clover mites for good. Still, it’s a highly effective way to control the number you see around your home and yard.
Keep clover mites out of your home with a single phone call to our pest control team. Our PestShield professionals get to the root of the problem, destroying pests where they breed without damaging your home. They’ll get rid of your pest problem and prevent them from coming back.
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