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How To Control Crane FliesCrane Fly

If you take a stroll out to your garden and find what appears to be a large mosquito flying to and fro and hanging around on leaves, it may not actually be a mosquito after all but rather a crane fly. Crane flies aren’t blood suckers like mosquito, but they can be just as pesky and annoying and enjoy sucking the nutrition out of the plants and greenery around your garden and lawn. If left alone long enough, the damage they can cause to your lawn can be quite noticeable.

Crane Flies have nearly 20,000 different species found all over the world, however the most prevalent one in the United States is ironically the European crane fly look like oversized mosquitoes, but despite their alarming appearance, as adults they are practically harmless. It is when they are in their larvae stage that they do the most damage.

The crane fly larvae are known as leather jackets and have the appearance of white or brown worms. The larvae are big eaters of plant life and this insatiable appetite the destruction to grass and turf. Adult crane flies lay their eggs in the lawn and as soon as they hatch the feasting begins.

If you have crane flies on your property, you can eliminate them with the help of pesticide products from Solutions Pest and Lawn.

How To Get Rid of Crane Flies: 3 Step Solution

Crane flies may be annoying to have on your lawn but controlling them doesn’t have to be a challenging task. You mainly have to worry about crane fly larvae.We recommend a combination of cultural means of control and applying pesticide chemicals to put a stop to crane fly larvae damage. Crane flies can be easily overcome by liquid insecticides. Solutions Pest and Lawn carries the best professional grade pesticides available that you won’t be able to find at your local garden center or department store. Take a look at our simple 3 step plan to eliminate these irritating pests the DIY way.

Step 1: It is most important to start the control process off with a detailed inspection of your lawn for active crane fly larvae. Scan your yard, specifically areas where you notice damage via discolorations of the grass. We would recommend cutting a square foot sample of turf away from the areas you are observing to get a better look of the soil for any larvae. You can then determine whether you have a small or large infestation.

Step 2: Now you can move on to treatment. We carry a number of insecticide products which can effectively eliminate crane fly infestations both granular and liquid. You can view a number of our recommend pesticides below. No matter what you choose, please read the label for proper application rates. Timing is important when conducting control applications to crane flies. We suggest treating your yard in either the late summer or early fall. Use a hand-pump sprayer and conduct broadcast treatment over your entire yard or garden as opposed to spot treating. It may be necessary to reapply pesticides until you no longer see any traces of lawn damage or crane fly activity.

Step 3: After eliminating crane flies from your yard, you will have to maintain a healthy lawn to prevent crane flies and other lawn pests from coming back. Some tips we suggest is mowing regularly at the proper height, watering less frequently, removing excess thatch and making sure your soil is aerated and has adequate drainage.

View our crane fly control products below. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via email, phone or online live chat. We will be happy to help you.

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