Adult Crane Flies emerge and are most abundant from mid August to mid September. Each adult only lives for about a week, long enough to mate and for the female to lay up to 280 eggs, often on lawns.
The eggs hatch within 2 weeks into larvae called LEATHERJACKETS.
These feed on tender small roots through the fall and during
warm periods in winter. Most damage occurs in the Spring
as they reach full size (1.25 in.). In warm winter conditions
damage may be apparent as early as February and increase
through the Spring months until June. They stop feeding at
this time as they pupate in the soil to re emerge as adult
Crane Flies in August.
If a large number of adults are seen in the fall or if
chronic damage has occurred in previous seasons, Fall treatment
can be justified after
early October. If no treatment was done in the Fall and
if significant damage is apparent in early Spring, a treatment
to eliminate the larvae and save the lawn is suggested.
MasterLawn uses government registered, approved insecticides
for treating these lawn destroying pests. One application
October is all that is required. If you think you have
problem with these pests or if you would like information
on this or any other of our services, please call...