Clover mites, known scientifically as Bryobia Praetiosa, are tiny arthropods that belong to the class Arachnida. Clover mites are long, oval shaped arachnids with a pair of long legs pointing forward which can often be mistaken for antennae. They are reddish brown in color; younger ones are bright red. Clover mites are very common during the spring in the United States. Clover mites feed on a large variety of plants including grass, flowers, clover, dandelions, daffodils, and much more. They tend to congregate in lawns with heavy growth of well-fertilized grass. Although clover mites do not cause any discernible harm to turf grass, their feeding habits have been known to turn lawns a silvery color. Clover mites tend to swarm and generally enter houses that are in close proximity to thick vegetation. They can infiltrate homes in large numbers through cracks, crevices, and small openings around windows and doors. When crushed, clover mites leave a distinct reddish stain due to their pigmentation. Other than a nuisance, clover mites are not directly harmful to humans or pets. Clover mites are parthenogenetic, which means they are capable of reproducing without mating and are born from unfertilized eggs. Populations can grow rapidly due to the female’s ability to lay up to seventy eggs a day!

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