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Knowing what kind of pest you are dealing with can help you find the best way to get rid of them. This is a guide about problems with little red bugs.


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August 4, 2018

Does anybody know the name of the red bug in the picture?


August 4, 20180 found this helpful

Is that a red spider? Maybe a wolf spider?

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August 5, 20180 found this helpful

It looks like a red spider mite.

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August 5, 20180 found this helpful

It looks like a red clover mite or a red spider mite to me.
Some web sites listed are from commercial pest control companies but they have best information on bugs.


  • i thought it might be the red harvest mite (chigger) but changed my mind as the shape/legs do not appear to be the same.
  • I hope it is the red spider mite as these are much easier to eradicate and they most found on plants outside. If the bugs are forming a web then it would be the red spider mite.
  • If it is the red clover mite here are some facts about its behavior (from university website):
  • The red stains they leave when crushed isn't blood. It is pigment from their bodies. Clover mites eat grasses, clover, and other plants. Not blood.
  • Clover mites are not known to spread or carry infectious diseases. They are also not a pest known for carrying harmful bacteria from your trash cans to your stored foods or food prep surfaces.
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  • Clover mites are known to stain furnishings, curtains, and cloth items with their red pigments. If you value the items in your home, you're going to want to keep these tiny red bugs out. But getting rid of clover mites and keeping them out of a home can be extremely difficult.
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August 5, 20180 found this helpful

The picture is a little blurred...if it looks like this creepy crawly, it is a red spider mite:

They are icky!

If that is what they are and they are of the best solutions (NO CHEMICALS) is to get lady bugs to eat them:

If you google buy ladybugs and your town, the closest location will pop up. I personally don't buy them via mail...I know they probably come from far away anyhow...but it is the allusion of buying locally :)


If they are in the house, wash them away with warm water and a few drops of any dish soap. That will usually kill the bugs and eggs--especially if they are on houseplants. Do this in the bathtub (if on a plant) then bleach out the tub when you are done!

Good luck!

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August 5, 20180 found this helpful

I would say this is a red spider mite. It is part of the spider family and can be a mite or just a red spider.

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August 6, 20180 found this helpful

What about moles?

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August 6, 20180 found this helpful

looks like a red spider mite like others had said. No harm whatsoever to humans in any sort of way, but they are known to stain furniture, drapes, and fabric items with the red pigment on it.

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December 29, 20110 found this helpful

I have tiny red dot bugs around my computer desk. They bite and the area is really itchy. They are as small as the periods at the end of a sentence. Please help. I have tried everything. I'm about ready to move.


By M.E.M from Wilmington, OH


December 29, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds like maybe chiggers. If you Google "how to get rid of chiggers" you will find several helpful sites. Good luck!

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December 29, 20110 found this helpful

They also could be from a plant. Do you have any around? May be spider mites. Check with Google and you'll probably find answers. Good luck!

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December 29, 20110 found this helpful

It could also be bed bugs... they also nest in PC's, wood, and not just beds. here's a link to a good website I found. Also I've attahed some pics of what they look like and some pics of someone that had bites. Yuck. I really hope that you don't have them. My son had them in school, they were just terrible.

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August 3, 20180 found this helpful

Do you know the name of the bug that's in the picture??

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August 6, 20180 found this helpful

I think they are clover mites. Here is some more information about them.


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May 10, 20120 found this helpful

I have tiny red and brown bugs in my apartment. I've been living here for 2 years and haven't had any before and it's driving me nuts. How do I get rid of these tiny red and brown bugs? Where did they come from? Please help, my lease is up in 2 months. I'm not taking my bed or couches or it will start all over.

By MR from Grandview


May 19, 20120 found this helpful

Lots of baking soda on everything, in all drawers and in corners of shelves and under pots and pans, dishes, everything. Under couch cushions, under the couch itself. on pillows, in the linen closet.

Bugs/insects (a lot of them) breath through their skin. The baking soda clogs their pores. They can't breath. Now wash everything, even your clothes. All of them. Then vacuum the carpet, shelves, drawers. Wrap the vacuum cleaner bag tightly in plastic and throw out. Do NOT keep this in the house. If one bug lives it will get out and lay eggs.

Now steam clean the carpet to get rid of the eggs. Steam clean the couches and chairs and mattresses too if there is an attachment. This will get the eggs. Scrub all the drawers and shelves.

If your lease is up in 2 months and you intend to move. This is the time to start packing. Sprinkle packing boxes with generous amounts of baking soda and pack with just washed items that are wrapped tightly in plastic. If you are not moving just be aware, to really get rid of bugs it is truly like moving out. One must move everything, wash everything in the washer in HOT water, scrub everything with hot water.

Putting vinegar on the baking soda helps for the carpet and upholstery and mattresses. Even if you see them only in one area, clean everything.

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December 6, 20140 found this helpful

Hi JazzyMe. I agree with all but the wash in hot water as it shrinks clothing. You can put items into the dryer on hi heat 30 - 45 minutes.

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May 26, 20120 found this helpful

The tiny red bugs came in the window ever since it got nice outside. They are really small. I just want to know what can I do to get rid of them!

By T. F from Milwaukee, WI

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November 10, 2009

I have little red bugs in my kitchen since I got new cabinets. Please help me. How can I get rid of these bugs? Are they harmful?

By arun kaushal from Hamilton, NJ

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November 10, 20090 found this helpful

I have a problem with little red bugs. They are really small and I have no idea what they are. My house is 60 days old. I am a total neat freak and I can't understand where these things are coming from. They are on the walls in the sinks just everywhere.
Somebody please tell me how to get rid of them. Thanks.


Problem With Little Red Bugs

From what you've explained, these sound like a little red beetle. They are rather harmless, they just like to come in from the elements. They cluster together for warmth. They also resemble ladybeetles (lady bugs). They are beneficial to gardeners. If you want to know the real skinny on them, contact your area's gardening extension services.
As for getting rid of them. I haven't found much that works, as I don't like to use insecticides if I don't have to. I was vacuuming them up for a while, however, that made the normal vacuum odor worse.

Good luck. (08/31/2004)

By Michelle Ringelberg

Problem With Little Red Bugs

If they are the size of a skin flake they sound like either mites or bedbugs. Bedbugs don't like thyme (preferably fresh, but I've used dried). And I don't know what mites don't like; they might even be the same thing. We don't kill things in our home, so we would probably try laying thyme along the floorboards and counters where they meet the wall and leave a window open for them to exit.

If that doesn't work, we'd probably just wash everything really well with Ivory dish soap and hot water. Eucalyptus or lavender essential oils have disinfectant properties and smell good. You might wipe down surfaces with those as well (be careful about the oils and your surfaces, though) to repel them. (08/31/2004)

By Allison Dey

Problem With Little Red Bugs

If you have house plants and they are really tiny, they could be red spider mites which any gardening site will advise on. Just a thought. (09/01/2004)

By Gill Ewing

Problem With Little Red Bugs

A small, elongated reddish brown bug could be a confused flour beetle. We got these when we got a piece of furniture out of storage. They were killed by Combat roach traps and got stuck to fly tape. We did finally call Orkin when they got out of control. (09/02/2004)

By Jacqui

Problem With Little Red Bugs

If they are spider mites, they will be dark red and look like a really small spider. I grow worms and they go after decaying, decomposing matter.
Getting sunlight on them seems to kill or at least decrease the population. If they get really bad, sulfur works.
Change the PH from acid to alkaline, spray with limestone and water, or baking soda and water.

By Judy

Problem With Little Red Bugs

I have these little red gnats flying about. They aren't big enough to be a beetle, too small to be a fly. They are like red fruit flies. They hang out in my bathroom and kitchen and have been here since hurricane Katrina made her grand entrance. I see some others have similar problems. Apparently these guys like water so I reduced their numbers drastically by pouring Soft Scrub with bleach down my drains. No, really. Within 24 hours they went from being a problem to being annoying. Good luck. (03/20/2006)

By Butterfly

Problem With Little Red Bugs

Clover mites, I get them around spring time around my windows. I find that spraying them with Windex or Raid and then wiping them away with a papertowel gets rid of them until next spring. (08/11/2006)

By Keely

Problem With Little Red Bugs

If they are flying they are most likely a fruit fly. The adult male is darker and a little bit larger. This is one of several varieties of the fruit fly usually brought into your home through the eggs that are on fruit from the market.

To start to catch some of them get a large glass or jar empty a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of "cider" vinegar into the container then use some paper to make a funnel, use a paper clip to hold it together, you want a hole no larger than 1/4 inch. Place the funnel in the container so that the tip of the funnel is at least 1 and 1/4 inch above the liquid. Check your trap in 8 to 10 hours and see what you have. Reminder: these flies have also found another food source so check under and behind things in your kitchen. (09/10/2006)

By Larry

Problem With Little Red Bugs

These are clover mites, they are pinhead sized red tiny bugs that usually get into the home first near windows. Call a pest control company. Show them which areas they seem to be in the most. They will need to spray near the foundation/base of the home and about 10 feet out from the house to kill them.

Because your home is fairly new it is likely that the mites arose because of a new lawn. They come about most often when the lawn has been fertilized well and/or when the new lawn is starting to come up. They can be extremely annoying bugs and seem to come up from everywhere. When you try to kill them, they just keep coming. They will also leave a reddish brown stain on your walls if you try to kill them so it is best to kill them by way of a professional company who will use insecticide. (03/03/2007)

By Holly C.

Problem With Little Red Bugs

Caulk windows well, but before doing so spray all cracks with bug spray. Also spray foundation and under house if possible, spray anywhere they could come in, like windows.

By Darell from Roanoke, VA

Problem With Little Red Bugs

Are they really tiny kind of the size of a flea, maybe a tad bit bigger, if so you probably have a mite problem or possibly chiggers. Here is a web page that has some information about the little red bugs at the top of that page there is a place to go for tips on how to rid your self of the pest. (05/30/2008)

By Rae Lynn

Problem With Little Red Bugs

Use Tempo to get rid of clover mites. (06/02/2008)

By jdog

Problem With Little Red Bugs

I know exactly the little red gnats your talking about, we had them before their very annoying and do seem to breed like crazy.
I found these gnats:

Fungus gnat

window gnat (06/26/2008)

By Cp

Problem With Little Red Bugs

Has anyone thought of the fruit fly? I bought a box of beer with one of the bottles broken in it, I had little reddish flying bugs for weeks. Apparently they like beer a lot. (08/06/2008)

By Perry

Problem With Little Red Bugs

I had them too, tried everything, nothing worked. I used an indoor Fogger and all the little red flying gnats are gone. (11/21/2008)

By John from Virginia

Problem With Little Red Bugs

I also was having the same problem with these annoying bugs and I did a little research. I think this is what most of us are talking about, mine were red or maroon like about the size of 3 house ants combined and looks like a skinny beetle. They have a funny smell and fly from one location to the other and bite the surface of the skin really hard.

I noticed they came in when I purchased a new couch and multiplied under clothing and around cardboard and moist places. At one point they were hundreds around a moist box that I was about to dispose of. To get rid of them I sprayed my home with Raid bombs once a week, it worked to get rid of the majority, but there were so many of them that I knew that there had to be a few left. I'll leave them for an exterminator.

OK so my point is; I looked it up and this is what I found them to be, they are not clover mites, but are darkling beetles. There are 20,000 different species and we all might have one, do your own research and post whether it is, I'm almost 98% sure that it is.

By goin crazy

Problem With Little Red Bugs

I have the same problem, they are everywhere, driving me nuts, they crawl and fly all over the house. I finally found what they are, go to the following link: (07/22/2009)

By Peggy

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