Why Clover Mites Are Most Active During The Summer
Can a pest the size of a pinhead really cause problems for homeowners? The answer is yes, especially if you are a clover mite! If you have never heard of a clover mite, you are not alone; these pests aren’t as commonly known as the more dangerous and concerning pests like bed bugs, roaches, rodents, and ants; however, clover mites are a pest that you should become familiar with and take precautions against this summer to keep them from invading your home.
Clover mites are closely related to ticks and spiders; they are very small in size, have eight legs, are oval-shaped, and are well-known for their bright red coloring. Clover mites feed on the juices of grasses and plants and, therefore, don’t really pose any health risks or dangers for people; these pests do not bite, do not sting, and do not spread any diseases. Clover mites can, however, become a nuisance for homeowners, especially during the summer season when their populations are growing rapidly. An interesting fact about clover mites is that they reproduce through parthenogenesis which means that females reproduce on their own without the help of a male. Females can lay up to 70 eggs at a time; these eggs take less than a month to hatch and become mature.
Due to their rapid reproduction, a few clover mites feeding and causing damage on your lawn can quickly turn into thousands! Clover mites are also attracted to warmth and, as a result, will gather on the sides of warm homes and other buildings during the summer. As they move along the sides of these buildings, they often enter them through tiny cracks and crevices.
Clover mites aren’t dangerous to have inside homes, but they sure are annoying; because they are so small, these pests will inevitably get crushed as they move throughout your home. When clover mites are crushed, they leave red stains on drapes, flooring, clothing, and other items. The clover mites that don’t get crushed tend to congregate behind walls voids and other hard to reach areas, making them very difficult to eliminate from your home.
Since these pests are so tiny, keeping them out of your home can be an extremely hard task, but there are a few prevention steps that you can take to deter these pests from invading your home:
- Maintain a border of at least 12-18 inches between your home’s foundation and any grass, plants, or weeds.
- Inspect all of your home’s exterior walls for even the tiniest of gaps and cracks and repair them using caulk or some other sealant.
- Inspect all doors and windows around your home and make sure that weather stripping has been placed around them.
The very best way to prevent problems with these tiny home-invaders is to partner with the pest professionals at Schendel Pest Services. Clover mites are notoriously difficult to keep out of homes and can become very frustrating to deal with. To help prevent an infestation, contact Schendel Pest Services at the first sign of their presence. Our professionals have experience dealing with clover mites and can provide the professional services needed to eliminate them completely.
If you aren't experiencing current problems with clover mites but would like to be proactive in preventing problems with them as well as other common household-invading pests, we can help with that too! By putting one of our residential year-round pest control solutions into place, you can be sure that your home is protected from pests; year-round pest control is your best option when it comes to keeping pests out of your home this summer and throughout the rest of the year as well! Give us a call today to learn more!