These bugs aren’t giant mosquitoes; in fact, they’re harmless
AUGUSTA, Ga. - We’re seeing more crane flies now in Georgia and South Carolina.
They may look like giant mosquitoes, but they aren’t.
In fact, they don’t bite or sting.
In fall and spring, especially when there’s heavy rainfall, crane flies lay eggs in damp fields and lawns near wooded areas. Their larvae eat grass crowns and roots.
They spend most of their life in the larva stage, up to three years.
Then when they turn into adults, they only live for a week or two – just enough time to start the next generation.
One reason they can’t bite is that most of the adults don’t even have mouth parts. They do their eating as larvae, and the sole focus of their brief adult life is to mate.
Crane flies may be attracted to your porch light or other exterior lights at night.
Pest control companies say no control is necessary for crane flies, but if you want to attract fewer insects to your home, you can switch exterior lights to yellow “bug light” bulbs.
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