Little red bugs that invade homes can be several different types of insects, but they are often clover mites. Clover mites are known to invade homes in large amounts most often in the fall, when vegetation starts to die out and temperatures begin to drop below 40 degrees. These mites are not harmful or dangerous to people and do not bite. They are considered a nuisance pest and leave a red stain when smashed.
Clover mites look like tiny red spiders and are related to ticks and spiders. They are about the size of the tip of a pen. These plant eaters are most prevalent during the spring and fall, when they can commonly be seen by the thousands.
Clover mites most often enter homes through tiny cracks and crevices around doors and windows. They are often found on window sills, walls, window coverings and even on the windows themselves. These pests are most commonly attracted to the sunniest portion of a home.
Getting rid of clover mites is often difficult. All points of entry must be sealed, which can be hard because the mites are so small. Sometimes infestations are treated from the outside, using pesticides and granular material. Most people find it necessary to seek professional assistance with the elimination of clover mites from their homes.