The answer is a little bit of yes and no, depending on the species. There are thousands of different species of mites that have been discovered. Many mites are a necessary part of nature in order to do their job as decomposers. They eat a wide variety of materials such as dead plants, fungi, lichens, and more. Many are also predators of pests and help control parasitic insects. However, there are three spider mites in Colorado that damage your turn and lawn. The three spider mites are Clover mites, Banks Grass mites, and Brown Wheat mites.
Lawn mite damage usually happens during the dry winter season or during spring months. Spider mites are active from December through May. If areas of your lawn start turning brown or straw-like, this is an indicator that mites may be present. In some cases, a lawn may not be able to overcome the infestation of mites, so reseeding and sodding may be the only solution.