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Crane fly

Posted by azlady z9 AZ (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 19, 09 at 19:15

We've just moved into a new house in Tucson and the area around the home is full of Crane Flies (looks like an overgrown mosquito with daddy longlegs). Are these just a seasonal thing and leave in few weeks? Is there any way to prevent them from nearing the house w/o killing them? I know they are a good food source for birds.

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RE: Crane fly

We live in Chandler on a waterway and last year the crane flies were unbelievable. We could hardly go out on our patio. I noticed they are coming back this year although they aren't so bad yet. There is nothing you can do to get rid of them...just hope the winter is cold enough to kill them off.

RE: Crane fly

Our house is full of them too...I try to catch as many as I can and put them outside.
Yes, they're seasonal and will soon be gone, thank goodness.
I'm tired of them flying into my!!!

RE: Crane fly

Adult crane flies do not have mouth parts. They live long enough to mate and lay eggs. They emerge in Jan/Feb from larva that have emerged from eggs laid in moist ground. Places like natural compost along waterways, woodlands and man made compost piles. Control these areas and you control this short lived nuisance. The normal number of Crane Flies at one time is a drop in the bucket to the number of Fish Flies that hatch each May along Lake St. Claire just N. of Detroit, Mi. In some communities they had to use a front-end loaders to clear up the died flies. Feel better now??

RE: Crane fly

Yeh, we have a few too. Back in California, we had a similar flying insect, but we called it a "mosquito hawk." Is this the same thing?

RE: Crane fly

That is one common name for crane flies.

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