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Interesting Red Mite (06/22/17)

Are you are seeing bright red spots moving around on top of the soil?

Interesting Red Mite

Are you are seeing bright red spots moving around on top of the soil? No, you are not going crazy. They are soil mites called the red velvet mites (Family Trombidiidae). Red velvet mites are good mites that prey on other insects or are parasites of insects. They also help improve soil health. They are usually in the soil where you don’t see them along with earthworms. When it rains, red velvet mites will emerge, often in large numbers, to find food and mates; hence the name “rain mite.” They are harmless to humans and crops.

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Janet J. Knodel

Extension Entomologist

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