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Crane Flys And Lots Of Them

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Daner, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    Have any of you ever seen these little buggers while mowing.
    For some reason I believe there causing damage to our Lawns.
    It Looks to me that there the European Crane Fly.

  2. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    This Is The Larvae.
    Looks like Grubs.

  3. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

  4. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    I had a lawn last summer that has swarms of them. I was told they do not harm the grass in anyway......;)
  5. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Thier population is increasing to the point where damage is visiable. U MASS sent out an up date on the problem a few weeks ago.
  6. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    Heavy infestations will harm the turf, the larvae does the damage. If you have a pest license now is the time to treat for next year.
  7. par69

    par69 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    Now is not the time!!! They are flying around now laying eggs. You can't kill them flying and you can not kill them in there eggs.

    When the Larvae hatches and they are eating the grass in Feb.-April depending where you live is the time to kill them. Anything that is legal in your state for lawn grubs will work. Apply ever 2 to 3 weeks.
  8. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    I'm sure Glad to see that I'm not the only one that has seen these flys.
    I think they attack the root system.
    Last spring I posted a picture of a lawn with millions of holes In It...Now I almost sure that It was the starlings pecking down In the turff to get the buggers:hammerhead:
  9. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    your right^... It depends where you are...I just found out from the dept of agg... October Is the best time (In Ontario) to kill the Larvae...Before the soil freezes.
    Also they Call them Leatherjackets.
  10. par69

    par69 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    If you have a bunch of starlings pecking in your lawn, it is a sure sign of grubs. If you see damage in your lawn it is time to put down some insecticide. I still think it is spring when the eggs hatch.

    Just keep an eye on it this spring.

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