If you have ever seen what looks like an overgrown mosquito in your yard or on your home, it is no mutant. It’s an insect known as a crane fly. Sometimes known as a mosquito hawk, these relatives of flies and mosquitoes are not harmful, but that doesn’t mean you have to host them on your property. North Carolina is notorious for the crane flies we have, but you can take control with these easy ways to get rid of them:
Try Bringing In Their Natural Predators
The biggest problem you will likely have when it comes to crane flies is an annoyance on your hands, but too many of these pests can cause damage to your lawn. Although the adults only live a couple of days, the larvae that the adults come from live a bit longer. During the larvae stage, they feed on the roots of plants, including grass. Fortunately, these small larvae, as well as the crane flies themselves are a tasty treat for birds. Attracting more birds to your yard with a feeder can be a great way to rid your home of crane flies in a very natural way.
Soak Up the Water
Crane flies are often attracted to water, so ensuring that you do not have any standing water or marshy areas in your yard can also help. It is recommended to fix areas of your property that have poor drainage and if you can, avoid watering during times when crane flies and larvae are around. If it is not wet, they will not want to stay or reproduce in areas that are not comfortable for them.
Of course, you can also go for the tried and true method of utilizing pesticides on your property to get rid of crane flies. Insecticidal soap is one over the counter option you can try. This is available at most home improvement stores in the gardening section. Another effective product is called pyrethrin. This is a natural insecticide that can be used to rid your property of these pests.
While Clegg’s does not service crane flies, we always like to provide our customers with insect information. However, if you have problems with any other type of pest, such as mosquitoes, we’d love to help. Contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.
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