Often called mosquito hawks or skeeter eaters, these delicate creatures pulsating off your walls and ceilings are adult crane flies. Despite the nickname, they don’t eat mosquitoes — or much of anything else, for that matter.
Should you kill crane flies?
Adult crane flies resemble over-sized mosquitoes but are harmless and do not feed on blood. However, crane fly larva, known as leatherjackets, can cause damage to your lawn. You can kill the flies immediately with an insecticide or you can take preventative measures by killing their larva.
Do crane flies only live for 24 hours?
The crane flies usually only live for 10 to 15 days, and lay eggs in soil or grass.
Do mosquitoes have a purpose?
While they can seem pointless and purely irritating to us humans, mosquitoes do play a substantial role in the ecosystem. Mosquitoes form an important source of biomass in the food chain—serving as food for fish as larvae and for birds, bats and frogs as adult flies—and some species are important pollinators.
What bugs kill mosquitoes?
The term is loosely applied to three types of flying insects: dragonflies, crane flies and damselflies. As mentioned above, dragonflies are notorious mosquito predators. Crane flies sometimes feed on mosquito larvae, but many of these mosquito look-alikes don’t live long enough to feed on anything.
Why do crane flies exist?
The sole purpose of the adult crane fly is to mate and, for the females, to lay eggs for next spring’s crop of flies. Crane flies are harmless to handle, so the next time one makes its way indoors, simply cup it gently to release outdoors. Think of it as a romantic gesture.