CSU Extension Fact Sheet: Clover and Other Mites of Turfgrass
- very small in size — slightly smaller than the head of a pin
- range in color from red to brown, but can also be dark green
- feed on leaves of grass causing the leaves to turn brown
- as it warms up in early spring, large numbers of clover mites enter buildings through cracks around windows and doors, especially on the south or southwestern exposure areas
- feed on the leave of grass causing the leaves to turn brown
- do not bite, transmit diseases or feed on clothing or furniture
- when they are crushed, they leave a rusty red stain
- Caulk and seal all exterior opening to prevent indoor migrations.
- Spread a fine layer of talc-containing baby powder, baking soda, corn starch or diatomaceous earth along southerly exposures.
- Provide supplemental water to turfgrass.