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Tiny Reddish Bugs

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From: Lore Swaan
Calgary, ZZ
Last summer I noticed minuscule reddish bugs smaller than a pin head crawling around on my 2 front windowsills, and now they're back! When I smush them, they leave a little reddish/orangish smear. I can continually vacuum my windows & windowsills, but they keep coming in. My place was built around the early 1970's I think, so the sills are old. What are they, and how can I get rid of them for good? Thanks.

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From: Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
DuPage/Kane/Kendall Unit
From your description they may be clover mites. Their aize allows them to move about through the smallest of cracks and openings. You might consider using a foundation spray to prevent them from crawling up the siding and working their way in. the windows may need to re caulked by now. A treatment to the window sill itself may be helpful as well. Please be sure to read the label and make applications safely.

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