Clover mites are springtime visitors

GARDEN Q&A

Garden Q&a

June 09, 2007|By Ellen Nibali and David Clement | Ellen Nibali and David Clement,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Tiny red bugs are crawling on my window sill. When I wipe them up, they smush red. Now what?

Clover mites often show up in spring in buildings and homes until the natural checks and balances of predator insects in a healthy landscape keep their numbers under control. This year, their numbers seem to be up generally. They do not warrant pesticides. You can tape around the window until they disappear.

Ellen Nibali, horticulture consultant, works at Maryland Cooperative Extension's Home and Garden Information Center, and David Clement is the regional specialist. The center offers Maryland residents free gardening information. Call the center at 800-342-2507 or e-mail plant and pest questions through the Send a Question feature at hgic.umd.edu.

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