Another positive of this warm early spring, the clover mite season could end early.
Clover mites are tiny red bugs that look like and are related to ticks, but they don’t bite people. They hatch when temperatures drop from cold to cool, usually in early spring, according to Clemson Cooperative Extension Service.
They feed on grasses and, when gathered in large numbers, can turn patches of lawn brown.
The major aggravation clover mites cause for most Midlands residents is infiltrating homes through cracks and under doors, most often after heavy rains or on especially hot days. Clemson Extension officials say they have been receiving the typical seasonal calls about clover mites, though a little earlier than normal like everything spring-related.
When squished, clover mites leave a red pigment on fabrics or hard surfaces that is difficult to remove. If large numbers enter your home, the best way to get rid of them is to vacuum them up and toss the vacuum bag.
The good news is they go dormant as the weather warms, usually in early May. With May-like weather in early April, the clover mites could be on the wane earlier than normal this year, according to Jackie Kopack of Clemson Extension’s Richland County office.