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What are the tiny red bugs on concrete?

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The tiny red bugs commonly seen on concrete are known as "clover mites." Barely visible to the naked eye, these oval-shaped arachnids measure just 0.75 to 0.85 millimeters long and have an elongated first pair of legs.

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The mites tend to live in large colonies and feed on flowers, grasses, plants and vegetables. While they do not pose a threat to humans, they often become a nuisance to homeowners when they attempt to gain access by hanging around windows and doors, leaving red-colored stains on carpeting and doors when crushed. They may be controlled by applying an insecticide within 15 feet of the structure.

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