Tiny reddish-brown bugs known as clover mites can be a common sight in and around households in New Jersey during fall. These little pests don’t bite or cause damage, but they can leave red stains behind when you crush them.
Clover mites get their name from their diet, which mainly consists of clover and grasses. While they spend a lot of time feeding, they can also be seen crawling on the exteriors of homes. These pests can get into your home through crevices and cracks around doors and windows, although they don’t live long once they’re indoors.
Keep in mind that they can invade your home in fairly large numbers, though. You can help prevent clover mites from entering your home by having plant beds or hard surfaces near the foundation rather than grass. Mites are more likely to get into homes when lawns extend right up to the foundation.
If you do see clover mites around, you can get rid of them using soapy water, but this can be difficult to do. Since the mites leave stains from their body pigments, it’s important to wipe them away carefully instead of crushing them. Clearing them out this way won’t prevent them from coming into your home again, though.
If you’ve seen clover mites around your home, our Freehold exterminators can help. Contact Allison Pest Control for fast, effective help getting rid of these bugs.