How do you exterminate a large clover mite infestation?
I have a large infestation of clover mites. This is the second year. They are all over my shop building on the sunny side and also on the concrete drive (about 1000sq.ft.) in front of it. There is lawn on the other three sides. I've read that they must be treated repeatedly for several months. Is this correct?
How often? How far out from the building should the lawn be treated? What is the Suspend SC oz/gal mix for clover mites? What area will one gallon cover?
Any advice will greatly appreciated.
It can take multiple treatments to rid of clover mites. The first thing you would want to do is rid of any plants indoors and outdoors that are near the infestation. That will rid of their food source. Bifenthrin has been shown to be an effective chemical for treatment of clover mites. We carry bifenthrin products such as Talstar on our site. Suspend may be used as well for treatment.
Both Suspend and Talstar leave a residual of 2-3 months, so you can treat every 2-3 months to ensure that the clover mites do not return. Plants may be treated as well, as long as they are ornamental. We recommend treating up to 4 ft from the building.
The Suspend mix for clover mites is 4 to 8 oz of product per 100 gallons of water. 1 gallon of mixture will cover roughly 800-1000sq ft.