I have seen more adult crane fly this fall than you can shake a stick at. Most of you are probably familiar with these insects. The adults look like over sized mosquitoes. They fly around, annoying you when you're mowing, hang around your house and show up in ( sadly, all too few numbers) your outdoor spider webs.
These pests have mostly mated by now and the females have laid their eggs in your lawn. Sometime around early December we will, depending on the weather conditions, see the first hatching of larvae. Once these larvae hatch they begin to feed on the roots of your grass and, of course, they rarely bother with any of the nasty, invasive native grasses in almost every lawn. Oh no, they go right after your rye grasses and rescues.
We will be monitoring our different routes for evidence of damage in all our client's landscapes. If you are already on our crane fly control program, rest easy. We will be applying the proper control at the proper time to control this pest. If you are not on the control program we will notify you if we noted adults in your landscape this fall, and advise you of the need for preventative measures.
If you are not on the control program and notice distinctive thinning, discoloration or heavy bird activity in your lawn, you quite possibly have a crane fly larvae problem. If you are unsure, we are always just a phone call away.
Now, if we can just avoid the Great Snow Mold Debacle of last winter . . . ah, but that's the stuff of a future blog .