Clover mites are the largest type and are anything but lucky for plants. Adult clover mites can reach about .75mm long and are usually red in color, but can also come in a greenish color and be no bigger than a pinhead.

Female clover mites can lay up to 70 eggs at one time and do not need a male to help reproduce, making an infestation easier, especially when the babies can mature within 30 days.

Though these mites don’t pose a threat to humans, the pigment of clover mites when crushed, will leave a red stain. If found inside, it’s best to vacuum instead of crushing them.

Clover mites are most active in the early spring when vegetation starts growing. These mites feed on plants, grass, weeds and piles of leaves. In the fall, when the weather changes, clover mites may move their habitat indoors and lay their eggs inside the exterior walls or in between walls in the cracks and crevices.

To help prevent clover mites, it’s best to keep plants or vegetation away from the perimeter of your home up to 2 feet. Filling this area with brick or gravel will help prevent an infestation during the fall when the climate changes and clover mites move inside for the winter. It’s also important to inspect your home; this includes: checking foundation, siding, as well as door and window frames. Any cracks or poor weather stripping can be an entry point for insects.

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