Giant Mosquitoes?! AKA Crane Flies

Giant Mosquitoes?! AKA Crane Flies

By webdevApril 26, 2017No Comments
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giant mosquitoes - crane fliesHave you seen giant mosquito looking bug in your room and are not sure what it is?

Most people can relate to this…you open your front or back door and in comes a giant, flying creature of some sort that manages to get past you and the next thing you know it’s “bouncing” off the ceiling. Many home owners have been experiencing lately an invasion of what appears to be giant mosquitoes. Even though these insects resemble mosquitoes, but they are not mosquitoes.

Crane Flies - Large Mosquito Looking Bug


These big mosquito looking bugs are actually Crane Flies, aka “mosquito hawks”. And although the nickname “mosquito hawk” sounds like they could be beneficial and scary all at the same time, they are neither a predator of mosquitoes nor are they harmful.

Fortunately, unlike mosquitoes, Crane Flies do not bite, and some lack mouth parts altogether. In fact, most Crane Flies do not even eat anything as adults because they typically only live for a couple of days.  Their adulthood generally consists of a fast mating season before they die. They are similar to mosquitoes however, in that they require an aquatic or damp area to lay eggs and for larval development. 

How to get rid of Crane Flies aka Mosquito Hawks


Crane Flies tend to congregate around porches and patios because they are attracted to light. Fortunately, they generally only have one generation per year, making them more of a nuisance during their short life span rather than a chronic pest. They tend to be more of a problem in the early Spring or in the late Fall.  In most cases, waiting until the population dies off (generally a few weeks) is the best method of “removal.”

Because they require water or a damp environment for their life cycle, just as mosquitoes do, if you are experiencing a problem with them, you may be a prime candidate for a mosquito invasion as well.

Frequently Asked Questions


1- Do Crane flies eat mosquitoes?

No, Crane flies donot eat mosquitoes. They are harmless as opposed to common belief as most people call them “mosquito hawks” or “mosquito eaters”.

2- Do crane flies bite?

No, Crane flies donot bite. They are harmless insects for human, livestock or pets. But if in large numbers they do posses serious threat to field corps and golf courses.

3- What is the difference between crane fly vs mosquito?

Crane flies have straight bodies with wings spread out when resting, while mosquitoes have a humped appearance with folded wings when at rest. Furthermore, Crane flies are harmless while mosquitoes bites and spread diseases. 

4- What do mosquito hawks eat?

Mosquito hawks, also known as crane flies, primarily eat nectar and pollen. And contrary to common belief they dont eat mosquitos. 

5- What are the bugs that look like giant mosquitoes?

Crane flies are insects that are often mistaken for giant mosquitoes due to their long legs and slender bodies, but they do not bite humans and primarily feed on nectar.

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