Crane Flies - School IPM - USU Extension

    Crane Flies

    Tipulidae

    Crane Fly

    Crane fly (Jessica Louque, Smithers Viscient, Bugwood.org)

    Crane Fly

    Crane fly (Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org)

    Close Up Crane Fly

    Close-up of a crane fly (Dani Barchana, Bugwood.org)

    Identification

    • resemble very large mosquitoes
    • thin, elongate body and extremely long legs
    • do not have biting mouthparts

    Nesting Habits

    • breed in moist areas with abundant vegetation
    • some breed in turfgrass

    Diet

    • larvae feed on roots, grasses and other organic matter

    Significance

    • occasionally enter buildings when a door or window is left open
    • cannot survive indoors for long

    IPM Recommendations

    • Control is typically not necessary.
    • Install properly-fitting screens on all windows. 
    • Keep doors and windows closed or open with properly fitted screens.

    Additional Resources

    IPM for Flies: Integrated Pest Management in Sensitive Environments (University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension)