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This guide describes the life cycle of clover mites and offers strategies for controlling them.

Clover mites are common nuisance pests in Nebraska, often invading homes and other properties in enormous numbers. These tiny pests are most troublesome in early spring and again in fall, especially on the east and south sides of buildings. Also, they frequently appear on window sills during the winter months, on relatively warm, calm, sunny days. The clover mite is not an insect but is a relative of spiders and ticks. The full-grown clover mite is slightly smaller than a pin head and has a reddish to reddish-brown body. They appear as dark red specks crawling around windows, drapes, curtains and furniture.