How to Get Rid of Clover Mites

Clover Mite Control Product


Adult clover mites are slightly smaller than a pin head and have bright reddish to a reddish-brown body. Clover mites are tiny so that on the walls they look like dark red specks crawling around sidings, doors, windows, drapes, curtains and furniture. If a clover mite is accidently crushed, they will cause a stain because of their coloration. Their front legs are as long as the body and will extend forward. Clover mites can be found in large numbers. Clover mites do not injure humans and pets nor damage buildings and furnishing but will destroy number of grasses and plants in the yard. Clover mites can live off of algae and mold as well. Clover mites will migrate into houses in early summer and fall when their food source begins to die or when the weather become extremes.


Clover mites can be found where algae and mold grow as in roof tops, cracks in concrete foundations, cracks and crevices of buildings, underside of the bark at the base of trees, and under sidings, sewers, as well as in lawns.


In order to control clover mites better, remove grass and weeds from 18 to 24 inches around the structure of the house. Place a plant-free band of gravel, coarse sand, marbles, lava rock, or wood chips around the structure. Avoid excess watering or fertilizing. If the house does become infested with clover mites, the most effective way in treating is vacuuming and application of pesticides.

Since clover mites are found in grass areas, you will need to treat your whole entire lawn, large turfs, and other landscaped areas. You can treat clover mites by granule (DELTAGARD G GRANULE, BIFEN GRANULES) using a hand spreader, and liquid ( LambdaStar 9.7% CS ) using a hand one gallon sprayer (CHAPIN 1 GALLON SPRAYER).

Using the amount suggested for the use of granule (DELTAGARD G GRANULE,BIFEN GRANULES), spread the granule using the hand spreader (HANDLE SPREADER) on your whole entire lawn, large turfs, and other landscape areas. Irrigate you lawn after applying the granule to activate the granules.

For liquid application ( LambdaStar 9.7% CS), you will need to follow the instructed amount and spray using a mist nozzle on your hand sprayer uniformly (CHAPIN 1 GALLON SPRAYER).

You will also need to do a barrier treatment. A barrier treatment is creating a barrier or one around your home for prevention of future infestation. A barrier treatment is also known as a perimeter treatment, where soil areas are adjacent to a structure as well as a portion of the lower foundation wall next to the soil treated. You will apply the barrier treatment as same as a broadcast treatment except that you only need to treat around the home instead of the whole lawn.

DeltaGard Bifen

These products can be used with these items:

LambdaStar 9.7% CS  Handle Spreader

These products can be used with this item:

Chapin 1 gallon Sprayer

Date: Wednesday, 13. January 2010 10:15
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  1. 1

    All of this and more are useful to get rid of clover mites but i was confuse if where can i buy this?

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    Hello Clover,

    You can buy these professionally used products at We are the bloggers for their website!

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    Hello. I’m confused about the “barrier treatment” mentioned in the final paragraph. Does this refer to the 18 inch grass removal around the foundation, or is this a specific application of pesticide around the foundation? Thanks!

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    Hello. Barrier treatment is a term and it is exactly what it sounds like. When you are doing a barrier treatment, you are basically creating a barrier of insecticides around the perimeter of your structure. For crawling insects, this is going to be extremely effective. So a barrier treatment is using a liquid insecticide to spray four feet up from the base of the structure and four feet out from the base of the structure. You will also target window frames and door frames and also any utility pipes that lead to the inside. The idea is that you are keeping them out before they even have a chance to get in. I hope that helped!

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    We have clover mites all over our stone surfaces around our pool and patio. Are the described spray treatments safe to spray along rock walls, patios and landscaping? There is not a surface to sit on where we don;t end up with their orange all over us!

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    Hello Jenn,

    Yes, the products are safe to use as long as you are using them as directed on the label. For the rock walls and patios, you should use the liquid concentrate. This will provide control for up to 4 months. Let the product dry before coming in contact with the treated area again. If you are using granules for landscape treatment, the area that the granules were applied are safe for contact after 24 hours. If you have any questions, you can give us a call at 1-800-788-4142. I hope this helped you though! Best wishes!! 🙂

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    are theses products safe for use around dogs and children i need to spray entire patio, stairs and surrounding pool area they are everywhere! Please help

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    Hello Kristin. The granules are going to be safe after 24 hours and the water soluble insecticides are safe after the product has dried. However, do not use these products in the pool area. You can use them near the stairs and the patio. This is because although pool water is not meant for drinking, swimmers and especially children have a tendency to consume the water while inside the pool. Insecticides remain active in the water and could potentially be harmful.

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    Hello my name is Ms.C
    As of last night i notice those clover mites in my bedroom ceiling,and walls,also crawling in my bed. Can i use Raid bug garden spray or Raid ant
    that kills bug on contact.
    Please help me.

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    I am being over run with clover mites, they are all around my windows on the inside of my house, on the walls and ceiling, ugghh! Do you use the same product for the outside of the home as the inside to get rid of them?

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    What about getting rid of them in my house. They seem to be living in the cracks of my vinyl windows. Help!

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    Is this product available at any locations other than mail order?

  13. 13

    Hi Shirley,
    We are sure there are local distributors around you, but since we don’t have any affiliation with them, we are not sure of their locations. We can have our items shipped to you for free though.

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    Hi Leah,
    Thankfully, clover mites are pretty easy to get rid of. We don’t advise that you crush them because they can leave behind the red staining. Use Lambdastar 9.7 to spray around those windows and window sills. You should thoroughly review the product label before application and make sure to dilute the product accurately. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call here at 1-800-788-4142.

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    Hi Sally,
    You can use the same product both indoor and outdoor. We recommend Lambdastar 9.7 to spray both inside and outside. Keep in mind though that it is only safe for reentry only after the treated area is completely dry. Or you can use granules outside on the lawn and ornamental and spray with Lambdastar 9.7 in the inside. I hope that answered your question!

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    Hello Ms. C,
    Raid may work to kill the clover mites, but since that is not a product we carry, we do not have information on it. Moreover, we know that Raid is an instant knockdown and does not have any residual. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again! 😀

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    Hi, Can I ever totally get rid of these clover mites. I have had the inside and outside of my house sprayed. They, a couple of them just seem to walk right through it, others are dropping dead. Can I do anything to completely be rid of these pests. I also vacuum daily. Thank you.

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    Hi Nancy,
    I wonder, have you done any outdoor treatment? Sometimes, if there is an influx of an infestation on the outside on the ornamental plants, they may begin to wander towards the inside. You may need to spray such areas with a concentrate spray like Suspend SC. Liquid concentrate sprays that are diluted with water and sprayed onto surfaces have a long residual time and will give a lasting residual for up to 2 months outdoors. Suspend SC can also be applied thoroughly around cracks and crevices on the structure, inside the structure and even on places like the base boards, window sills, and door frames. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-788-4142 or you can always email us at

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    I think I have clover mites in my first-floor apartment. My landlady and the exterminator have said they’re ants or water beetles, but what I’m looking at is the size of pinhead and either black or dark red. They congregate in my bathtub (ew!) and bedroom window sills and floor. I have gone through four cans of Raid this summer, to no avail. My landlady says to keep my windows open all the time because of the humidity, but that seems to attract more of them. What can I do for the INSIDE of my house? All the treatments I see are for outdoors, and that’s her lawn, so I’m not allowed to spray.
    Thank you.

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    Hi Lisa,
    First and foremost, we recommend that you take a sample to a local pest control management company or a local entomologist so that you can have the pest identified. If you can have the pest identified, we will be able to better assist you in selecting a treatment program or insecticide to help you eradicate the pest. The humidity may play a role in the infestation, however, leaving your window open at all times may serve as a potential entry point for pests, unless you have good screening and no cracks or crevices around the window. I don’t think they are ants or water beetles, since these two types of pests are fairly large and easily identifiable. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    uo think my head is infested with clovermites whats can I use I heard cederoil where do I get itdoigetit

  22. 22

    Hi Alicia,
    Clovermites will not infest heads of people. You may be dealing with another pest like lice or mites. We recommend taking a sample to your local entomologist or going to a dermatologist that will be able to better assist you. We apologize that we were not able to help you any better. If you have any further questions though, feel free to contact us again.

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    Anyone know how to remove the red stains caused by accidentally crushing these critters on vinyl?

  24. 24

    Hi Rio,

    Soapy rags or a soapy wet sponge can clean the stain off a surface. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    Hi, i squashed the clover mites, all of them but then the next day there’s a pile of them in my window and they walk on my skin and sometimes my head. And also, i found around 100 eggs outside. I used sand and covered the windows but somehow they got inside. Help

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    Hi Duke,

    Sorry to hear about your clover mite infestation. That must be overwhelming seeing all those eggs!! The active ingredient Bifenthrin is supposed to work best for mite treatment. I would recommend Talstar Pro. You will need to do a thorough perimeter treatment around the outside of your home as well as along all window and door frames. If you have ornamental plants around the outside of your house near the window where you are currently seeing the infestation, I would recommend application around those areas as well. Unfortunately this is not something you can put on your skin, but after treating the outside of your home, you should be able to get some relief.

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    ok i have theses little red bugs on my bannister of my back pouch. they get all over my sons arms and my husband too. there not in my house or my lawn for as i know but what should i do to get rid of them cas my sons a little girl when it comes to bugs

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    For Clover Mite treatment I would recommend a product containing the active ingredient Bifenthrin. Bifenthrin is best known to target species of mites. Clover Mites usually feed on saps from grasses and clovers so spraying those areas would be ideal. I would also recommend that you spray around your back porch in areas where you are mostly seeing their activity. Once it has fully dried it is safe to reoccupy the area. Dry time can take about 3-4 hours.

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    Do clover mites lay dime size clusters of eggs on siding?

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    They could. Usually Clover Mites hatch in the late summer and fall. Their eggs are a bright red color and can be found in cracks and crevices of buildings or on tree bark.

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    I have a deep freezer that my grandmother gave me that was very dirty so its on my front porch and when I went to clean it yesterday it was covered with clover mites and the more I clean it the more they come!! I cannot bring this in my house to put food in with bugs!! Please tell me how to get rid of them!!

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    I would spray the sides of the outside of the freezer with Talstar Aerosol. Talstar contains a bifenthrine active ingredient which best targets mite species. Clover mites need plants in order to survive. Therefore even if you were to accidentally take a few of them with you indoors, the chances of their survival rate is not very high.

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    This design is steller! You obviously know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos

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    Discoverers clovermites on Saturday. We sprayed the house foundation and put down granules a couple of feet out into the yard from te foundation of the house. 1. How long until this batch of clovermites dies? 2. Is it necessary to treat the entire lawn?

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    You do not need to treat the entire lawn for clover mites. How soon you will see results really depends on the size of the infestation. Larger infestations take longer to control than smaller infestations.

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