Is your well-fertilized lawn the envy of all your Elgin neighbors? If so, it may also be the preferred lawn for a tiny neighbor called the clover mite.
Clover mites became a common household pest after World War II, supposedly because of the increased popularity of lawn fertilizers during that time. Good soil nutrient levels and the lack of predators on a well-fertilized lawn seem to create a clover mite’s paradise, eventually leading them indoors. Clover mites aren’t dangerous, but they can certainly be a nuisance when they’re flooding into your living room.
If you want to have your lawn and keep your home mite-free too, here are five tips to help you prevent an infestation:
1. Use caulk to seal up any cracks or gaps in your foundation, walls, window and door frames, and around your pipes. This precaution will also prevent other pests from making their way in during the fall and winter months.
2. When using fertilizer on your lawn, be conservative in areas that are close to your home.
3. Clover mites love grass, fruit trees, weeds, and other vegetation, so to keep them from coming indoors, it’s also a good idea to reduce the amount of plant life around your home’s perimeter.
4. If you do begin to see tiny bugs inside, use a vacuum to suck them up right away. Seal the vacuum bag in another plastic bag before discarding it.
5. Some insecticides have been proven effective in getting rid of clover mites hanging around a home’s perimeter. Make sure that the spray is labeled for “site” so you know it’s safe to spray on your home’s exterior and any surrounding shrubbery.
If you’re dealing with a serious indoor infestation, it may be time to call in the professionals. The experts at Pointe Pest Control can recommend the most effective control measure for your specific problem.