Description of Pest:
Size: .75-.85 millimeters.
Color: Reddish brown.
Food: Clover mites typically feed on plants; grass, in particular. AS well as flowers, dandelion, clover, and strawberry plants.
Habitat: When grass is healthy, succulent, and well-fertilized, they are present in very numerous amounts. While they do not usually cause any harm to the grass unless particularly large numbers are present, they can cause it to change to a silver color. They enter homes with healthy vegetation close by through cracks in the walls, doorways, window frames, etc. Typically the prefer sunny areas.
Active Period: Late spring.
Prevention: When squashed, Clover mites leave a red stain, which is a common way to determine if you have an infestation. Seal all cracks in walls, doorways and window frames. If you think you do have an infestation, the best thing to do is to call a pest control professional immediately.