Know Your Enemy! Are You Dealing With Atlanta Crane Flies or Mosquitoes?
August 10, 2021
When it comes to flying insects in Atlanta, Georgia, nearly everybody knows about mosquitoes and has a general idea of what they look like and what they do. However, there are other common species in the area that aren’t as well-known, and some of these are often mistaken for mosquitoes.
The crane fly is one of these species. Just like mosquitoes, they will come out as it starts to get dark and fly around, especially near light sources and people. However, unlike mosquitoes, they don’t drink blood. Crane flies are also often referred to as mosquito killers, but the truth is that they don’t kill or eat mosquitoes at all.
In this article, you’ll learn how to tell crane flies and mosquitoes apart and also get some helpful tips for keeping both of these species away from your home or business.
Identifying Mosquitoes Vs. Crane Flies
Mosquitoes and crane flies are quite similar, so it’s no surprise that people have trouble telling them apart. They both have long, narrow bodies and quite long legs compared to their body length. However, the crane flies have longer legs in proportion to their bodies than mosquitoes as well as a wider wingspan.
One of the biggest differences that can help you tell them apart is the position of their bodies when they rest. Crane flies will have straight bodies with their wings out while resting while mosquitoes have a humped appearance and folded wings while not in motion. Crane flies are also larger than mosquitoes.
Similarities In Behavior
Along with appearance, these two species do have some commonalities in regards to behavior as they both live near water and lay their eggs in water as well.
However, crane flies don’t really seek out humans. If they get inside, it's usually because lights attract them and they will bump around walls as they try to escape. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, will more willingly go indoors to seek out people for a blood meal.
Are Crane Flies Dangerous?
One of the most important differences between these two species is that mosquitoes are dangerous to people, as well as animals, but crane flies are not. Mosquitoes will drink from human and animal hosts, and mosquitoes can spread many illnesses including Zika virus, yellow fever, malaria, West Nile virus, and more. They are actually the deadliest animal on the planet.
Crane flies are harmless to people and other living things. They do not bite, and they aren’t known to spread disease. Their larvae can cause some damage to lawns, but it’s usually not extensive. Because of this, crane flies are a nuisance pest while mosquitoes are a much more serious problem.
How Do You Prevent Mosquitoes And Crane Flies?
Because both species live near water, prevention tips for both are similar. You should start by removing standing water, ensuring rainwater can drain, and keeping the water in pools and hot tubs clean. Also, keep your yard maintained and trimmed on a regular basis.
However, the most effective way to prevent and remove both crane flies and mosquitoes is with assistance from the mosquito control professionals at Tuxedo Mosquito Control. We have over 20 years of experience, and we provide residential and commercial plans. Contact us today to request your free quote.
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