Clover Mites Crawling All Over Pool & Other Occasional Invaders In NJ

Dealing with bugs can be irritating. Finding tiny red bugs in and around the pool or tiny jumping insects that look like fleas inside your home is disconcerting and yet it happens every spring in New Jersey. Clover mites, springtails, silverfish and centipedes are just a few of the occasional invaders that show up in Essex and Union counties once the warm weather arrives and while they’re relatively harmless and are around only for a little while, they are certainly nuisance bugs. And ones Arrow Pest Control can help eliminate.

Why do I have clover mites?

Clover mites are plant feeders that live a relatively short life – about two weeks outdoors. Inside they may not live more than 48 hours unless moisture is available. Harmless mites, they are attracted to light colored paint, aluminum siding, and other highly reflective surfaces; they are also very likely to be found in large numbers on the sunny sides of homes in New Jersey.

You may have a clover mite infestation because these tiny red bugs crawled their way onto your property.  It’s also possible that wind carried them across your boundary lines or even a heavy rain could have introduced them.  Another possibility is that your fertilized lawn lured them to your property.  Dandelions, daffodils, primrose, phlox, and clover will also attract these nuisance pests but they will not venture into your yard for geraniums, zinnias, or mums. 

What attracts springtails and why they are in the house

Springtails are those little black jumping bugs that are attracted to leaf litter, moss, decaying wood, and fungi.  They are often found in soil as well as damp or moist places.

If the outside becomes too dry, springtails may move indoors to find a moister environment.  It is common to find them in houseplants (especially over-watered ones), damp basements, bathrooms, and kitchens.

Silverfish in the bathroom & other places you may find silverfish

Like springtails, silverfish love damp environments which makes bathrooms the perfect spot for these moisture loving insects. That’s not the only place you’ll find springtails though. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find them in:

  • Kitchens
  • Crawlspaces
  • Garages
  • Laundry rooms
  • Other areas where the humidity levels are high

Where can you find centipedes in your house?

As is the case with the other occasional invaders we’ve discussed, house centipedes prefer damp areas, the darker the better.  Basements, closets, and bathrooms are a few of the more common places to find house centipedes inside homes.  Although centipedes in New Jersey are harmless (house centipede stings are not as toxic as other species and rarely occur) they could be a sign of a more significant pest problem.

House centipedes feed on other insects including roaches, silverfish, crickets, and flies.  If there’s a food source present, these bugs tend to be active. 

How Arrow Pest Control Eliminates Occasional Invaders

At Arrow Pest Control, we provide home pest control services in Montclair, Clark, and to communities throughout our New Jersey service area that eliminate and prevent pest problems. What’s more, we offer three levels of protection which allows homeowners to choose the home pest control plan and pricing that suits their needs and budget.

You don’t have to put up with pests in and around your home and you shouldn’t! Contact the local pest control pros at Arrow to help you get rid of pests inside your home and around your property.  Our residential pest control services are backed by the Arrow Promise which means if a covered pest problem arises in between service visits, we’ll come back to re-treat for free!

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Service consists of the elimination of your current pest or rodent problem, complemented by both interior and exterior year-round protection of your home, which is inclusive of three seasonal visits. The program covers your entire property including attics, mailboxes, playsets, sheds, and fences.

Pests targeted with Arrow’s Home Protection Plan services include ants (excluding carpenter ants, pharaoh ants and acrobatic), bees, boxelder bugs, carpenter bees, carpet beetles, centipedes, cicada killers, clover mites, crickets, digger bees, earwigs, fabric & paper pests, fleas (inside only), ground beetles, hornets, mice, pillbugs, millipedes, rats, roaches, silverfish, sowbugs, spiders, springtails, stored product pests, and wasps.

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