Today I was painting my front porch and notices these little red insects on my porch columns. The columns could use replacing as the bottom is a little rotted. I did a little searching and I think they might be clover mites? I smooched one and it left a red streak. Can anyone confirm my suspicions?
Late spring? Yep. 0.75-0.85 mm long? Yep. Red stain when you squish them? Yep.
I'm going with clover mites. I see them all the time on porches. An exterminator friend told me they are harmless to people and structures, but apparently if you have too many of them, they can start to damage vegetation.
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