The problem with identifying clover mites doesn't end with dust mites. There are other mites that can be mistaken for clover mites. One serious identification problem you may make is mistaking chiggers for clover mites. Both are red bugs and both are arachnids with 8 legs but one eats plants and the other eats people.
Clover mites are the plant eaters. They have no interest in biting you at all. Chigger bites break down skin cells for digestion. If you find dozens or more bites on your body, especially in areas where clothing is pressed against your skin, you have a chigger problem, not a clover mite problem. If, however, you have tiny red bugs all over your plants, it is likely a clover mite infestation.
Another sign that you're dealing with a clover mite infestation is when you find these bugs coming into your home. Chiggers rarely enter homes. But they can be carried in on articles of clothing, so keep this in mind. If you find lots of tiny red bugs down by your baseboards, on a windowsill, or all over your basement, the bug you're dealing with is almost definitely a clover mite. It can be much harder to figure out which pest you're up against when you're on the outside of your home since both of these bugs can be found outside in large numbers.
Clover mites can be a serious pain when they get into landscaping. Those little red mites eat more than 200 different species of plant. They'll nibble on your flowers and ornamental plants with no partiality.