The adult European Crane Fly looks like a large mosquito with longer legs. Larvae are sometimes called “leatherjackets” because of their tough exterior. The adults are often called “Mosquito eaters” , but do not actually eat mosquitos.
The adults do not cause harm to lawns or sting, but it is the larvae that damages lawns. European Crane Fly larvae are 1 inch long worm-like brownish maggots that eat grass roots, creating brown-yellow patches in lawns during the dry, summer season.
European Crane Flies are predominantly found in the Pacific Northwest and New England.
- Keep lawn well maintained.
- Use thatch removal and proper aeration.