What are these large mosquito-like bugs invading your backyard? It’s crane flying season

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Sarah Brookbank

| Cincinnati Enquirer

Do you see an increase in crane flying? It’s just that time of year.

Crane flies look like giant mosquitoes, but they don’t bite and don’t live long, said Campbell County’s Cooperative Expansion.

“We have received many calls this week about giant mosquitoes entering courtyards. Don’t panic,” officials said. “They don’t damage homes or structures. They only live a short time, so spraying insecticides on adult crane flies is not recommended.”

The University of Kentucky Department of Entomology said the winged adults are active during warm months, particularly fall and spring.

How long do crane flies live?

“Adults only live a few days; just long enough to mate and lay eggs,” said the office. “Crane flies are sometimes a nuisance when large numbers of adults swarm on urban lawns, but adults are harmless and do not harm people, animals, plants, food or homes.”

Officials also said that large populations of crane flies could potentially cause lawn damage in poorly drained soils.

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