As so well predicated by that great sage Punxsutawney Phil, we have been greeted by an early spring. Warm weather and longer days mean the hot days of summer aren’t so far off. Likewise, we get to see a rebirth of the world as it has emerged from winter and begun again its cycle of life.

Spring is a very busy time for us here at Barrier Pest Control. With the onset of the new season, individuals looking to get ahead of the inevitable pest problems that are coming are beginning a relationship with us as they start their journey toward being pest-free. In our own little way, we experience our own rebirth each spring.

With the ever-increasing temperature, pests are going to become more and more active. You may see an increase in flying pests, ants, spiders, etc. We even did our first treatment for active wasps just this past week. But, the pest that we find most closely associated with changing of the world from winter to spring is clover mites.

Clover mites are arachnids that feed on plant material around homes. Adults are reddish-brown in color with the juvenile mites and eggs being a bright red color. Though they pose no real threat, they like to swarm in sunny areas, such as window sills. They are especially fond of well-fertilized grass and will feed on that then slip into your home.

Most often, you will see what appear to be black dots in your window sills, not much bigger than the size of a pencil dot, that upon closer inspection are minuscule bugs and leave a red stain when squashed. They may even congregate in bathtubs, sinks, or showers that are close to a window. A simple treatment by one of our licensed technicians can
help control the problem that you are experiencing and is covered under your Quarterly Pest Control service plan.

If you are having issues with clover mites or any other pests this spring, remember to give us a call and we will do our best to take care of you!