Have you ever seen those tiny red bugs around your house? They are called Clover Mites and I want to share How To Get Rid of Clover Mites.
I had a horrifying experience while eating dinner last night. I discovered we had a clover mite infestation by our backyard sliding door.
We were casually eating dinner, when two of our kids said they found a ton of this little red bugs by the back door and they were “squishing” them with their fingers. Their fingers would stain and they eventually decided there were too many to keep playing the game and their fingers were getting quite stained in the process.
First off, we don’t condone these types of conversations at dinner time because everyone loses their appetite. But this wasn’t just some disgusting story, it was that I discovered it had happened while I was making dinner, moments before sitting down.
We immediately Googled what these little red bugs were – they are clover mites. They are harmless, they are popular in the spring and fall, they are an annoyance and they take over an area with a very large infestation.
Now mind you, they are tiny, they don’t bite, they can’t hurt a thing. They only eat grass and weeds. So that is all fine and dandy, but when they make their way into my home, then it is not fine and dandy. They are also nearly microscopic. They look like pin heads…actually even smaller than most pinheads. I mean…teeny, tiny. But when a whole group of them have come in or one laid an egg and they hatched, whatever, it looks like a bunch of dark tiny spots all over the window.
They are not aphids, but they remind me of red, even smaller, aphids. Aphids infest your garden plants and we shared how to naturally get rid of aphids a few years ago.
What Google said on “How To Get Rid of Clover Mites”
The next step after Google, was to get rid of them and get rid of these hundreds of little bugs FAST. We read that you can vacuum them up. That is also not entirely what I wanted. I didn’t want to vacuum them up, only to have them find a way back out, or even lay eggs inside of the vacuum.
Not Good Enough For Me
So we came up with a different solution that worked well to clean them up and hopefully continue to keep them away.
Part of my solution was adapted from the spider deterrent spray that we have made for years.
How To Get Rid of Clover Mites Step-by-Step
#1 – Grab the hairspray…QUICK!
We sprayed them with hairspray. I didn’t want them to be able to crawl out of the vacuum. It doesn’t matter what type of hairspray, just hairspray. They were far too small and fast to sweep up, and they stain if you try to squish and wipe them up. In addition, since they found a crevice in the back door to start an infestation, they had also settled on the drapes that cover the back door. So basically it was an attempt to “freeze” them to keep them from moving anywhere.
We sprayed them and they stopped moving. We sprayed the glass door, the curtain and the door runner thing. I know that hairspray can be sticky, but it is easily cleaned and wiped from the window, floor and other surfaces. The drapes can be washed too!
#2 – Now Grab the vacuum and vacuum hose
We then vacuum them up! We connected the hose to the vacuum and sucked up every frozen bug we could possibly find. We got them off the door, the floor, the curtains and the door runner.
We were able to get every tiny spot to disappear. It was a vigilant effort!
#3 – Grab some cotton balls and some peppermint essential oil
The next step was keeping them away in the future. If you have the tiniest of crevice or crack anywhere, they can find a way in.
However, I learned many years ago that spiders and insects HATE the smell of peppermint essential oil. That’s why I created my own Homemade Natural Spider Repellent. So, we covered 4 jumbo cotton balls in peppermint essential oil and placed them at different sections of the base of the sliding door. Hopefully this will do the trick to keep them away. It might also help any other tiny creature stay away.
I checked today and have been watching, there are no signs of additional Red Clover Mites. I read that is is near impossible to keep them away, but I am hopeful at least that the oil will help. The cotton balls may have to be re-blotted with essential oil every few days, but I also have a great smelling house!
I know this may seem like a silly post, but at the same time, when you are desperately looking for a solution that is frugal, and that also won’t be using a lot of terrible chemicals, then I hope you find this post helpful. And since we just experienced the infestation, there is a decent chance that you will have to deal with it soon too.
Have you ever seen these Clover Mite bugs before?
Give this method a try to have a mess-free, more natural (yes, hairspray isn’t the best, but better than other chemical alternatives) and get rid of them…hopefully for good!