How to Control Red Clover Mites


Red clover mites are tiny mites that may infest the yard or the inside of your home. These mites are relatively harmless--they don't bite and do only minimal damage to plants. Still, these bugs can proliferate rapidly and before you know it, they seem to be everywhere. Controlling them is sometimes a several-step process. If you have a bad infestation on your property, you may need to use a combination of natural and chemical means to get rid of these bugs.

Step 1

Remove organic debris and grass near the foundation of the home, if mites are coming into your house According to, you should clear out the space at least 18 to 24 inches out from the foundation. The experts at advise clearing out 3 feet from the foundation. Remove any grass in the area manually or chemically. Remove other organic debris--weeds and leaves, for example--by raking.

Step 2

Use a chemical anti-mite spray as a barrier near the foundation, as suggested by Several chemical products kill or deter mites, but not just any insecticide will do. Check your local garden center for mite-control spray and spray this around the periphery of your home's foundation. Alternatively, plant deterrent plants around the periphery. lists the following plants as possible deterrents to clover mites: geranium, petunia, salvia, rose, mums, zinnia, yew, juniper, arborvitae and spruce.

Step 3

Vacuum up any live or dead mites you find inside the home. For windowsills, use your vacuum's hose attachment to suck up the bugs. After you have eliminated as many as you can see, put on a dust mask and apply diatomaceous earth--use the food-grade variety available at many garden centers--to windowsills. This product dehydrates the mites.

Tips and Warnings

  • warns against crushing or smearing the mites as they will stain porous materials such as fabrics.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Dust mask
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Double-sided tape


  • Clover Mites
  • University of Nebraska: Clover Mite Control
  • Perdue University: Red Clover Mites
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