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Crane Flies in New Jersey: The Giant Mosquito That Isn’t!

Crane flies are a common sight in New Jersey during the spring and summer months. These large, long-legged insects are often mistaken for mosquitoes, but they are actually harmless. Crane flies do not bite, and they do not spread disease.Crane flies are attracted to light, so you may see them swarming around your porch light or windows at night. They are also attracted to water, so you may find them near ponds, lakes, and streams.Adult crane flies only live for a few days, so they are not a long-term problem. However, their larvae can cause damage to lawns and gardens. Crane fly larvae feed on the roots of plants, and they can kill young seedlings.If you are concerned about crane flies, there are a few things you can do to prevent them from damaging your property. You can remove standing water from your property, and you can plant trees and shrubs that attract beneficial insects, such as ladybugs and lacewings. You can also use lemongrass oil to repel crane flies.
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Photo of a crane fly that was mistaken for a giant mosquito.
Here are some fun facts about crane flies:
  • Crane flies are the largest group of flies in the world. There are over 15,000 species of crane flies.
  • Crane flies have long, slender bodies and long legs. They can grow up to 3 inches long.
  • Crane flies are not aggressive. They do not bite or sting.
  • Crane fly larvae are called “mosquito eaters.” They feed on mosquito larvae, but they do not actually eat mosquitoes.
  • Crane flies are an important part of the ecosystem. They help to control mosquito populations, and they are a food source for other animals.
If you see a crane fly, don’t be afraid. These harmless insects are more of a nuisance than a threat. Just enjoy their gentle beauty and let them go on their way.For more information about crane flies, or to get help with crane fly control, contact Bite Back Tick and Mosquito Control.
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