Clover Mite

Actual Size: 1/30”

Characteristics: Smaller than a pinhead; reddish-brown, long front legs.

Legs: 8

Antennae: No

Wings: No

Habitat: Prefer outdoor areas in New Jersey with full sun. Indoors, they will congregate toward windows.


  • When crushed, clover mites leave a red stain that is not blood.
  • Can look like dark specks crawling around siding, doors, drapes, etc.
  • Sun-seekers and will gather on sunny southern and eastern exposures of homes.

Clover Mites in North Jersey

Clover mites can invade structures by the thousands, especially in the spring and autumn. Found worldwide and throughout the United States, and yes here in New Jersey, clover mites were considered an occasional invader. Now they’re a serious pest due to the housing boom, suburban sprawl, and installation of well-fertilized lawns close to home foundations.

Clover Mite Habitat

Clover mites overwinter under bark, in wooden fences, under buildings, in foundation cracks, or in dry, protected areas. Winter eggs hatch very early in spring. Clover mites seek sunlight and will congregate on homes in their sunny southern and eastern exposures. When clover mites infest a structure, they’re an extreme nuisance. They look like dark red specks crawling around on siding, doors, windows, drapes, curtains, and furniture.

Clover Mite Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Clover mites do not bite or cause disease. They’re considered nuisance pests because they can invade a structure in throngs. In 1954, for example, one single bedroom apartment was estimated to house a quarter-million mites! You could see them crawling on the floor, an extremely disturbing sight. When crushed, clover mites leave a red stain that is not blood — it’s just their natural color. Since clover mites are so small, homeowners may not even recognize them in their house until they have become widespread. You may notice the red stains they leave behind before you notice the mites themselves.

If you are dealing with a clover mite problem, contact your local tick & mite control experts for help.