Clover mites are very tiny arachnids that live and reproduce outdoors, but are frequently encountered as a household pest in springtime and early summer in Alaska when they migrate into dwellings by mistake.
DESCRIPTION: Clover mites are only 1/64th inch long, soft, oval, and flattened from top to bottom. They vary in color from rusty brown to dark red. A distinguishing characteristic is the very long pair of front legs that extend forward like antennae as the mites crawl.
DAMAGE: Clover mites are harmless. They cannot bite or sting; they do not infest stored foods; they cannot attack the house structure and furnishings. They are an annoyance and nuisance because of their presence and tremendous numbers. Clover mites reproduce outdoors. Every mite seen indoors has wandered in from outside.