Clover Mites

Identification

  • Colour Reddish-brown, olive, pale orange, or even greenish-brown after feeding
  • Size Rarely exceed 0.25 mm in length
  • Also known as Bryobia praetiosa
  • Description Formerly on the periphery of the pest control industry, clover mites have become a greater concern due to suburban sprawl and the increasing use of lawn fertilizers. While clover mites are not particularly dangerous to the health of humans or the structural integrity of buildings, they do invade in very large numbers, which makes them a serious nuisance.

General Facts

Why do I have clover mites?

Clover mites congregate on vegetation and building walls, especially when exposed to sunlight. Clover mite eggs and nymphs can often be found in cracks in concrete, between building walls, under the loose bark of trees, under shingles, and in other protected areas. Clover mites are attracted to your garden and lawn based on their feeding habits. They feed by sucking nutrients out of lawn grasses, clover, dandelion, ornamental flowers, and other forms of vegetation.

How worried should I be about clover mites?

More of a nuisance than a danger, clover mites earn their pest status by invading homes in overwhelming numbers. They do not bite but they do feed on human food, spread disease, harm household pets, or even compromise the structural soundness of buildings. Clover mites leave bright red stains where they are crushed, with makes them unsightly in homes and hard to control.

How can I prevent clover mites invading?

Clover mites live in and travel on grassy lawns. They infiltrate homes by taking advantage of the grass that brushes up against the exterior walls. Therefore, the most effective form of prevention is to trim back all vegetation around the home and leave a 45 to 60 cm perimeter of soil. Growing flowers to improve the appearance of the perimeter of soil is acceptable as long as a reasonable distance remains between the edge of the lawn and the plants.

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