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Chigger or clover mite?

Chigger or clover mite?

  • Monday, July 16, 2012
This summer I received a frantic call from a customer who thought his steps and sidewalk were being invaded by chiggers (sometimes called red bugs). After listening to some more details I was able to diagnose over the phone that it was not chiggers but clover mites. Let’s go over the distinctive characteristics of the two. The adult chigger is .4mm long. This is too small to be seen b...
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Millipede Invasion!!

Millipede Invasion!!

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2012
“Where are all these millipedes coming from?!” The short answer is the soil. Garden millipedes prefer cool moist soil, and when the weather conditions are right they will be happy and content to stay there throughout their life span of several years. But too much rain (or irrigation) will run them out in search of dry areas such as your house. On the other extreme, drought cond...
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