Clover mites are little red arachnids (the same family as spiders) that are common throughout the U.S. They are very tiny – about the size of a poppy seed. I remember finding them on the sidewalk outside my home as a child. I thought they were cute because of their size, and pretty because of their bright red color. They didn’t seem creepy at all despite their being shaped like spiders. I would watch them crawl around, occasionally crushing some to make a smear of that same bright red. I bet if you’ve been finding them at your house, you’re not finding them cute and your not experimenting with their ability to make smear marks!

A Brief Overview

Clover mites are vegetarians, eating plants, trees, mold and even algae. In nature they nest and lay eggs under the bark on trees and other plants. They like to live close to and even on their food source. With man made structures that food source can be the siding on your house and/or the mold and mildew growing on it. They thrive around homes and other warm structures. These mites become a nuisance during their spring and fall migrations, swarming out by the hundreds or even thousands, they can cover the side of a home and be crawling inside.

Be careful, do NOT try wiping them up. They crush easily and the red (not blood by the way) can stain just about anything it comes in contact with. Vacuuming or lightly pressing cellophane tape over them will pick them up without creating more mess. When you are finding mites in these numbers, you have a problem that needs to be addressed. Clover mites don’t establish themselves overnight and you won’t be able to get rid of them overnight.


Control for clover mites consists mainly of outdoor services. Depending on the areas involved, sections of lawn and/or the building is treated with an appropriate pesticide. Spring treatments are recommended, then based on the response to treatment additional treatments the following year, or in extreme cases in the fall of the same year.

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Note: Changes in pesticide regulations occur constantly therefore no chemical products are listed here . Questions as to specifics can be answered at or near the time of treatment. All products used by the Bug Runner are registered with the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and labels for such are provided to the customer