How to Control European Crane Fly Larvae

Timing is critical to control the lawn damage that Crane Fly Larvae can cause.
Todays insecticides don’t have the persistence of Organophosphates of the past, but they are better for the environment. To get complete control we recommend 2 applications, 3 weeks apart.


When temperatures get up in the 50 degree range the European Crane Fly comes up in the soil profile to feed on our lawns.
By treating for this in a timely manor, you avoid the risk of turf damage from the Crane Fly Larvae that feed on the roots of your lawn.
If the larvae get there before we do, the roots will be damaged, making it difficult for the turf to get the nutrients and water it needs. This could require lawn renovation, such as aeration, thatching, machine seeding and topdressing

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