What do clover mites look like?
- Size: Approximately .75 mm long
- Color: Reddish brown to dark green-brown
- Body structure: Oval-shaped body, eight legs, (their first pair of legs are very long and are often mistaken for antennae) and featherlike plates or scales on abdomen
Characteristics of clover mites
Clover mites develop from unfertilized eggs and their population is almost entirely females. In fact, no male clover mites are known to exist. Clover mites progress through four stages of development: larva, protonymph, deutonymph, and adult.
Females lay approximately 70 eggs each, singly or in masses, in areas that are dry, protected, and receive enough sun exposure. Eggs hatch during spring and fall when temperatures exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit and begin feeding right away on plant juices.
Clover mites typically only live a few weeks, but five or six generations hatch each year. Adult clover mites and eggs overwinter once it grows cooler in the fall.
When are clover mites most active?
Where are clover mites commonly found?
Since clover mites are plant eaters that consume clover, over-fertilized grass, and many types of plants, it's not uncommon to find them in the yard. Outside, they are also commonly found under siding, loose bark, on foundations, and beneath siding.
They may also enter homes in large numbers, either by accident or in search of moisture or a warm place to overwinter. Midwesterners often find them crawling on walls and around windows and doors. Once inside, they tend to find cracks and protected areas to lay eggs.
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