Crane Fly

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.


How to Identify an 

Crane Fly

Crane flies are large (1 inch long), light-colored, and have long legs. They often fly in swarms and are most easily identified by their large size and their long legs.

Where do they come from?

Crane flies are common in the United States and Canada. They are most often found near water or other sources of food. Crane flies can also be brought into your home on food or garbage.

How to keep them out

The best way to get rid of crane flies is to eliminate their food sources by thoroughly cleaning your kitchen and bathroom. You can also use commercial fly traps or bait. If you have a severe infestation, you may need to call a professional exterminator.

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What do they look like?

Dorsal view of a crane fly
Elongated body of the crane fly
Close up view of the crane fly wings and head

Where do they live?

Crane flies breed in moist areas with abundant vegetation and some can breed in turf grass. When the larvae hatch they will feed on decaying wood, vegetation and turf. Damage to plant roots is a problem when these flies are present in large numbers. Some species of crane fly may be found in streams with the larvae feeding on small insects, invertebrates and decaying plant life.






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