How To Keep Clover Mites Out Of Your NJ Home

Clover mites are tiny pests that can become a nuisance for New Jersey homeowners, especially during the spring and fall seasons. While these tiny red bugs don't pose a threat to human health, their presence inside homes can be bothersome. In this blog post, we will shed light on why homeowners might encounter these bugs inside their homes and share a few pest prevention tips to stop them (and other pests) from getting inside.

clover mite searching for food around a paramus home

Clover mite identification

Smaller than a pinhead, clover mites are oval-shaped, reddish-brown in color, and are equipped with eight legs like other arachnids.

Why New Jersey homeowners might see clover mites in their homes

Seasonal migration

Clover mites are known for their seasonal migration patterns. During the cooler months, these pests seek shelter from unfavorable weather conditions. As temperatures drop, they often find their way into homes through cracks, gaps, or damaged screens, looking for a warm and comfortable environment.

Favorable conditions

New Jersey's climate, particularly during the spring and fall, offers ideal conditions for clover mite infestations. The mites thrive in moderate temperatures and high humidity, which are prevalent during these seasons. New Jersey's abundant green spaces and well-maintained lawns also attract clover mites, providing them with ample food sources.

While clover mites aren’t a dangerous or destructive pest, homeowners should take notice

As pests go, clover mites are not one to be too concerned about. They don’t spread disease or damage property (although you might find red smears on fabrics and surfaces if they are crushed), but here’s the thing, if they can get inside so can other pests. And that friends, is a problem. If you’ve found clover mites in your home this spring, there’s a good chance other pests are crawling around inside your home, and they may not be as innocent.  

Pest prevention tips that keep clover mites & other pests out 

Seal entry points

Inspect your home thoroughly for any gaps, cracks, or openings that clover mites, ants, spiders, and other house-infesting pests could exploit. Pay close attention to windows, doors, utility pipes, and vents. Seal these entry points using caulk or weatherstripping to prevent access to your home.

Create a landscape that isn’t pest friendly

Keep your lawn well-maintained by mowing regularly and removing any excess vegetation near the foundation of your home. You should also trim back tree branches that touch your house. You might also consider installing crushed rock around the perimeter of your home to make it harder for pests to get to your home’s exterior.

Make sure your home is properly ventilated

Ensure that your home has proper ventilation to maintain a dry environment, as clover mites and other pests prefer high humidity. Use dehumidifiers in basements or areas prone to excess moisture to discourage mite infestations.

Clean your home regularly

Vacuuming your home regularly helps eliminate any clover mites that may have made their way inside. Pay close attention to windowsills, baseboards, and other areas where these pests are commonly found. You should also clean the kitchen after each meal and make sure to wipe up crumbs and spills as soon as they are detected. 

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