(Photo: Rayanne Lehman, PA Dept. of Ag)
Clover mites do not bite nor do they burrow under the skin. They are strictly plant feeders. Hosts include grasses, clover, and dandelion, to name a few. Most heavy outbreaks occur in the early spring, especially around heavily fertilized lawns. In heavy infestations, the mites may invade structures and can leave a reddish-brown stain if crushed.
Placing gravel around the structure can
help prevent clover mite invasions.
(Photo: M. Waldvogel, NCSU)
The application of insecticides indoor for clover mites is not warranted. imply use a vacuum cleaner to collect any mites found indoors. Care should be taken not to crush the mites. The vacuum bag should be sealed in a disposable plastic bag before throwing it away.