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Clover Mites

clovmitex250Clover mites are very tiny arachnids that live and reproduce outdoors, but are frequently encountered as a household pest in early summer and in the fall when they migrClover Miteate into dwellings by mistake. They are only 1/64th inch long, soft, oval, and flattened from top to bottom. They vary in color from rusty brown to dark red. A distinguishing characteristic is the very long pair of front legs that extend forward like antennae as the mites crawl.

If crushed, they leave a reddish stain quite noticeable on linens, curtains, walls and woodwork. Mites can be found infesting homes from November through June and again in the autumn months. They are sensitive to temperature changes (most active between 50 to 75 degrees F) and tend to move upward as the sun warms the surface above them.

Clover mites are plant feeders only. They feed on sap from grasses and clover, and are especially numerous in lawns with a heavy growth of succulent, well-fertilized grass. They do not cause any apparent harm to turfgrass.

Clover Mites are pretty easy to control. We recommend a residual miticide such as Talstar Pro, or a pyrethriod such as Suspend. Treat clover mite infested areas, around the foundation of the structure, window frames, door frames, soffit areas, vent openings, exhaust areas, garages, basements, mounted lights, air conditioning areas, cable entry points, deck areas, stoop and patio areas.

On the inside, use a vacuum cleaner with proper attachments to effectively collect live mites without crushing them. Dispose of the sweeper bag after collection by burning or taking to a garbage disposal far from the house. Mites can escape from the bag in the sweeper.


Insecticide Concentrates

– These concentrates are mixed with water and used in a compressed hand held sprayer to make your application.

 


Aerosols & Ready to Use Products

These “ready to use” products are convenient and great for a contact kill and great for flushing out insects. Most offer great residual properties as well.


Insecticide Granules

These “ready to use” granular crystals are convenient and great for a contact kill and have a great residual properties for the exterior. They fall down into and under landscape material such as turf, rock or mulch to target problem pests.