Seeing red: Clover mites

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Seeing red: Clover mites

Bullfrog has been receiving frantic calls these past few weeks about tiny red insects collecting in large numbers around windows, windowsills and on curtains.

Callers are worried that their homes are being infested by bedbugs, or that the red stain the insects leave behind when crushed is blood. From the likes of it however, there is nothing to fear, sounds like the seasonal clover mite.

These tiny red insects come out in spring and early summer thriving on lawns and garden vegetation. They usually work their way up the south and west sides of buildings or homes searching to bask in warm sunny places. Oftentimes, they find cracks in windows frames and make a move indoors. They pose no threat, they don’t bite, they don’t spread disease and they don’t damage wood. The red color they leave behind when crushed is a result of their body’s pigment and is not blood at all. To remove them, simply use a soapy rag, wet sponge or vacuum cleaner.

By | 2014-11-10T03:21:48+00:00 May 31st, 2011|Articles, clover mites|4 Comments

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4 Comments

  1. Amanda June 10, 2011 at 3:50 am

    I’ve never heard of clover mites before! Thanks for the info.

  2. Mean Green November 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I haven’t heard about clover mites before, but believe I have seen them on my patio furniture and have wondered what they are. Thanks for the info! Our team here at Pest Control Seattle hasn’t had any calls for this pest yet. Maybe they aren’t a huge problem in our area.

  3. Bedbugs Extermination January 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Often people mistake mites and bed bugs. Anyway both species eat human blood and can be dangerous for us.

  4. Rye Campbell June 15, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Although clover mites are harmless to humans, animals and structures, since they feed solely on plants, in large numbers they can destroy the grass and plants around your home.

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