People confuse clover mites in bed with bed bugs.
But thankfully, clover mites are not as vicious as bed bugs.
Clover mites do not bite you. Nor do they suck your blood like bed bugs.
On top of it, they are harmless to you, your pets, and your home.
But does that mean you should let clover mites roam freely in your home?
Clover mites breed fast.
If you don’t get rid of clover mites on time, then there will be thousands of them crawling into your home.
That’s a nuisance that no homeowner wants.
That’s why we created this comprehensive guide to tell you how to get rid of clover mites in your bed and from your home.
Plus, we’ll also tell you what’s the difference between bed bugs and clover mites.
Knowing the difference can save you from the terror of bed bugs that you might feel by assuming clover mites as bed bugs.
Let’s get to know clover mites first.
What Are Clover Mites?
Many people confuse clover mites with spider mites because both are arachnids.
But both are different.
As clover mites are arachnids, that make them close relatives to spiders.
You’d observe clover mites scurrying on the floor or the bed in large numbers. That makes you wonder where they came from out of nowhere.
We’ll discuss the topic, where do clover mites come from later in the post.
For now, let’s look at their appearance.
What Do Clover Mites Look Like? – Appearance
Shape – Clover mites are oval-shaped with long visible legs. If you look at them from the top, they resemble spiders.
Color – Red
Legs – Clover mites have eight legs. The two legs at the front are the longest. You might confuse them antennae. But clover mites don’t have any antennae.
Where Do Clover Mites Come From?
Clover mites are not invasive species like bed bugs or termites.
They’re found across the US, EU, Asia, Africa, and in the Oceania Countries.
You’d be surprised to know that clover mites don’t prefer to get into your home.
Clover mites are more interested in your yard or garden because that’s where they get to eat.
Fertilized lawns and gardens attract clover mites. They feed on grass, plants, flowers, and clover.
The clover mites you see inside your home or bed have accidentally moved into your home from your yard or garden.
When Are Clover Mites Most Active – The Clover Mite Season?
Clover mites are most active during the cooler months, beginning from the spring.
It’s during the spring clover mites eat plants, clovers, grasses, and flowers in your garden or yard.
From your yard or garden, they move into your home.
That’s why during the spring months, you’d find hordes of clover mites crawling inside your home.
Clover mites spread fast. Each clover mite female can lay up to 70-80 eggs during spring.
During summer, clover mites lay dormant.
When the temperature starts to drop, their activity peaks up.
Clover Mites In Bed – How Do They Get There?
As you know by now, clover mites enter your home during spring and winters from your garden or yard.
Clover mites in bed and on couch are accidental occurrences that happen when there are too many of them.
However, your bed and couch are not their ideal habitats. But given their tiny red bodies, you can think of them as bed bugs.
How To Get Rid Of Clover Mites In Bed?
To get rid of clover mites in bed, you need to get rid of them entirely out of your home and garden.
Here are the four easy steps to take to get rid of clover mites –
Step#1 – Vacuum Clean Your Home
Vacuuming is the first step to get rid of clover mites.
Begin with vacuum cleaning your bed.
Vacuuming should include not only the mattress but also the headboard and the bed frame.
Clover mites might be hiding in these places.
While vacuuming, ensure that you do not crush the clover mites. Smashing them will leave a nasty stain on your bed, and it might stink as well.
If there are many clover mites inside your home, then you will find them scurrying around on the floor and furniture.
Vacuum clean both the floor and furniture rather than crushing the clover mites.
The stains and stinks from the crushed clover mites can attract roaches and ants. You don’t want that.
Once you’re done with vacuuming, ensure that you dispose of the dust bag far from your home.
Do not dispose of the dust bag in a trash bin inside your home or yard.
The clover mites might sneak out from the dust bag and re-enter your home.
Step#2 – Remove Vegetation From Your Home’s Perimeter To Stop Clover Mites
Clover mites use the vegetation sticking with the walls of your home’s perimeter or foundation as a bridge to enter your home.
If you’ve any shrubs or bushes near your home’s foundation, get rid of them.
Make sure that there’s no vegetation at least a foot’s distance from your home’s foundation.
Clover mites don’t prefer to walk on the soil.
Getting rid of plantations around your home will discourage clover mites from entering your home.
Then use insecticide granules like Bifen LP around your home’s perimeter.
Scatter the granules around your home’s foundation and sprinkle water on them.
Use generous amounts of water as it deters clover mites from gathering at one place. And it will also kill them.
Bifen LP insecticide granules can protect your home from clover mites for a maximum of 90 days.
Another option is to use insecticide sprays to kill clover mites in your yard or garden.
It works, but if you’re trying to get rid of clover mites yourself, then we don’t recommend you to handle pesticides.
It’d be best if you hire a professional pest controller to do that.
Step#3 – Seal Cracks On Your Home’s Outer walls To Stop Clover Mites From Sneaking In
Like all other bugs, clover mites exploit the cracks on your home’s outer walls to enter your home.
Seal those cracks with a sealant or caulk.
Also, if there are any cracks on the window sills or door frames, seal them too.
Make sure that there’s good weather stripping at the bottom of your doors.
It’ll reduce the gap between the door and the floor and will keep the bugs away.
Sealing the cracks will prevent not only clover mites from entering your home but also many other bugs like roaches and centipedes.
Step#4 – Reduce Usage Of Fertilizers In Your Yard Or Garden
Fertilizers have nitrogen, which attracts clover mites.
Reduce over usage of fertilizers to repel clover mites and to keep your garden or lawn healthy.
Do Clover Mites Bite Humans?
No, clover mites don’t bite humans. Nor do they carry any diseases.
But like dust mites, clover mites too can cause allergies to some people.
Clover mites also don’t cause any damage to your home.
When clover mites are inside your home, they won’t survive for long.
It’s because they feed on the matter available in your garden or lawn, not inside your home. But clover mites can survive in rooftops and patio where they can feed on molds and mildew.
Bed Bugs Vs. Clover Mites – Both Are Totally Different
Before we finish, it’s essential to classify the differences between bed bugs and clover mites.
Given the red color of clover mites, their sightings on the bed make many people think they’ve bed bugs with a belly full of blood.
Here are the most critical differences between bed bugs and clover mites.
These differences will help you properly distinguish between both.
Clover mites’ legs will be more prominent than bed bugs’ legs.
As we mentioned earlier, there would be two long legs near the head of the clover mites that look like antennae.
Bed Bugs’ legs aren’t prominent. Though if you’ve got good eyesight, then you may spot a few portions of bed bugs.
Bed bugs are brown. After a blood meal, they look brownish-red.
In contrast, clover mites are red.
The newborn bed bugs are translucent. After a blood meal, they look reddish. Their heads and legs are whitish.
But they’ll have a visible neck portion underneath their head that will distinguish them from clover mites. Clover mites don’t have that visible neck.
Clover mites are oval-shaped with a bit of hump on their body, just like spiders.
Bed bugs are oval-shaped too, but they’re flat. Also, the head of the bed bug, along with a distinctive neck, is visible.
Clover mites don’t bite humans. Also, there are other mites that microscopic and tiny that bite humans.
Bed bugs are bigger than clover mites.
An adult bed bug can be 5-7 mm or 3/16 to 1/4 inch long.
In contrast, a clover mite is only 0.25 mm or 0.01 inches long.
Cost Of Treatment
Treating your home for bed bugs is way more expensive than treating your home for clover mites.
You can get rid of clover mites from your home by yourself, but most DIY ways of getting rid of bed bugs fail.
You’d need the help of an experienced bed bug controller to get rid of bed bugs.
Life Span In Your Home
Clover mites inside your home don’t survive for long. It’s because the things they feed on, like clover, flowers, grass, are not in your home in abundance.
But bed bugs are meant to live and thrive inside your home till you get rid of them.
Adult clover mites can live only for 2-3 weeks, whereas adult bed bugs can live for 2-4 months.
Clover mites in bed is a rarity rather than a regularity.
But if they’re on your bed, then it means they’ve entered your home from your garden, and there’s an explosion in their population.
Clover mites in your bed or elsewhere will not bite you, nor they carry any infestation risk or disease.
Spring is the season when clover mites are most likely to enter your home.
In this post, we’ve mentioned the steps to prevent clover mites from entering your home and how to get rid of them.
We’ve also mentioned the differences between bed bugs and clover mites in the bed bugs vs. clover mites section.
Knowing those differences will help you to use the proper treatment against the correct type of bug.
To know more about getting rid of bed bugs without spending a fortune, you can check our post here.
We are Mark and Jim. We dabbled with bugs and pests for most of our lives. And we provide information and hacks that work in making your home pest free.