Little red bugs, also known as clover mites, are tiny arachnids that often invade homes in large numbers. These pests are most commonly found in lawns and gardens, but they can also infest homes, particularly during the colder seasons. If you’ve spotted these little red bugs in your home or around your property, it’s important to identify and prevent infestations before they become a significant problem.
Identifying Little Red Bugs
Clover mites are small, oval-shaped pests that are about 1/64 inch in size. They’re typically red or brown in color, with six legs and two front appendages. Depending on the species, their color may vary from bright red to dark brown, and they may have dark spots on their bodies. During the spring and early summer months, they tend to thrive on clover, grass, and other plants. In the fall and winter months, they seek shelter inside for warmth and to avoid harsh weather conditions.
The best way to prevent a clover mite infestation is to take preventative measures outside your home. Trim your grass and avoid over-watering or fertilizing your lawn, as moist conditions and rich soil often attract clover mites. You can also seal off cracks and openings in your home’s exterior to prevent these pests from entering indoors. Additionally, regular cleaning and vacuuming of your home, particularly near windows and doors, can help prevent clover mites from invading.
Getting Rid of Clover Mites
If you already have a clover mite infestation, you can take several steps to eliminate them. One easy solution is to vacuum them up, making sure to discard the contents of the vacuum bag or container outside. You can also use a pesticide that’s specifically formulated for clover mites. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label carefully and wear protective gear when using pesticides, as they can be harmful to humans and pets.
Overall, little red bugs or clover mites can be a frustrating and persistent problem to deal with. However, by identifying and taking preventative measures, and getting rid of them quickly if they do invade your home, you can keep these pests under control. Remember, if you’re ever unsure about the type of bug invading your home, call in a professional pest control company for diagnosis and treatment options.