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How to Get Rid Of Clover Mites

Clover mites are often mistaken for being dangerous but they are very common household pests. Though, they don’t harm or attack humans or pets directly, they do leave behind bright red spots on walls and furnishings which are hard to get rid of. Besides, their very presence in the house irks everyone - since they are unwanted intruders. It makes one question the level of hygiene and cleanliness in the house. There are a hundred retailed chemical repellents to keep them off from entering the premises but they are all very expensive. If only their entry could be limited by some other cost-effective means.

Looks like it is your lucky day because we are going to address this very issue. But before we rush into that, here is some information about the nemesis at hand.

About Clover Mites

Clover mites are creepy crawlers with a size smaller than the head of a pin.  An adult clover mite grows up to ¼ of an mm in length. They have reddish hue and can be spotted silently crawling on walls or carpets. They change colors depending on how fed they are. For instance, a fully fed clover mite turns greenish-brown. When looked closely, they have a spider-like structure. What differentiate them from other household insects are their long front legs, which are often mistaken for antennas. Clover mites feed on grass, dandelions, clovers and ornamental flowers etc.

As discussed earlier, they don’t pose any direct threat to humans however their presence in the house should still be discouraged due to hygienic reason.  

6 Ways to Get Rid Of Clover Mites

Before we begin, understand that getting rid of clover mites that have found a way to indoors won’t be an easy task. It will take some time before you start seeing noticeable results. The first precautionary step is to identify their entry site and seal it for good. Now, you will only have to take care of the ones inside the house without worrying about more finding their way in.

  1. Vacuuming Clover Mites

Vacuuming is by far the easiest way to get rid of clover mites. Since their usual hiding spots are mostly carpet fibers, a thorough vacuuming will get rid of any mature and adolescent clover mites. The cleaner your spaces are, the lesser will be the chances of clover mites finding refuge in your home.

  1. Mite-repelling Vegetation

As important it is to hold off any vegetation that tracts them, it is equally important to plant vegetation that repels them. Even though most plants are a source of food for clover mites, there are some they feel repulsed by. Such mite-repellent plants and shrubs include:

  • Zinnia

  • Geranium

  • Salvia

  • Rose

  • Petunia

  • Barberry

  • Spruce

  • Yew

  • Chrysanthemum

  • Arborvitae

  • Juniper

  • Marigold etc.

  1. Baby powder or baking soda

Both of these, when sprinkled near the entryways will stop clover mites from entering your residence. The talc in the powder and the grains in baking soda will stick to their feet and make moving difficult. When they won’t be able to move, they will die of hunger and dehydration.

  1. Double-sided tape

If nothing else works, there is always double sided tape that can be placed around entry ways. Since clover mites crawl and not fly, using double sided tape to block their entrance is another cost-effective way to prevent them. As soon as they will step on taped surfaces they will get stuck and die eventually. Continue replacing the tape with another sheet as soon as the tape becomes covered with clover mites.

  1. Boric Acid

Boric acid from laundry detergent borax is a mineral collected from volcanic areas. It is most commonly used in its powder form. It is a very cheap alternative to store-bough mite repellents. It acts as a natural repellent and is ideal to fight nearly all forms of creepy crawlers including clover mites. Boric acid can be used two different ways. Since it is odorless and non-toxic, it can be sprinkled in its powder on carpets, rugs and plantation. Second, one can prepare a boric acid solution with water to be used as a spray. Both will work effectively in getting rid of clover mites - which is the ultimate goal.

  1. Home Insecticide

This should be your last resort if any of the aforementioned DIYs don’t work. Spray a mild mite-killing insecticide inside the home. Before doing that, be sure to relocate your family and pets to another safer location to avoid any respiratory infections. The most ideal situation would be to spray the insecticide directly on clover mites, but if they are not visible, spray all entry/exit point including windows, vents and drains. Spray generously into their hiding pots if one knows of them to make them leave.

Recommended Products to Control Clover Mites from Solutions Pest & Lawn

Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn there are a number of different products you can use to control your clover mite problem. What you choose depends on the level of the infestation and how serious it is. We have products we would suggest for minor clover mite outbreaks that are found outside the home to more severe invasions where they have made their way indoors.

For outdoor clover mite issues. We recommend using a combination of granules (we recommend Bifen LP Granules) and a broadcast insecticide such as Reclaim IT. Scatter the granules on your lawn using a spreader. For the Reclaim, mix the concentrate with water in a handheld sprayer and spray the mites that you see. You can also use Reclaim as a barrier treatment around the perimeter of your home to keep them from traveling into your home.

If clover mites have already found a way into your home, don’t panic. Use Pyrid Aerosol. This fast working spray will penetrate deep into voids killing clover mites on contact as you spray. You will need to spray every crack and crevice you can see so don’t skip areas. 

Prevention

Clover mites thrive on grassy lands. If the goal is to limit or prevent their entry, the first thing to do is restructure your landscape away from the infrastructure. They use tree branches to climb walls and enter through open crevices in the walls or windowpanes. Thus, the second important thing is to ensure that any doors or windows that aren’t in use are kept closed and sealed. Last, you can also hold off any plantation they are most attracted to such as clovers or dandelions.

Conclusion

Following the steps provided above will help to eliminate your clover mite problem in no time. For more helpful DIY pest control tip, navigate to our other articles. You can also get live help over the phone by calling 800-479-6583, emailing us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or starting up a live chat on our website.

 

 

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