Don’t Panic, it’s not a Giant Mosquito! first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.
These fluttering bugs that are found world wide and like to bound around on walls and ceilings if they can gain entry into your property, are crane flies. With a similar ‘look’ to a mosquito, you would be forgiven for thinking that these giant pests are there to feed on your blood, but fear not! Here’s an article that should put your mind at rest.
Although the Internet abounds with reports of adult crane flies biting or stinging, they do neither. “There has yet to be found a predatory adult crane fly,” said Matthew Bertone, PhD, a crane fly specialist and extension associate with the North Carolina State University Department of Entomology. “They just don’t have the mouthparts for it. So no, none are blood-feeding, and none of them attack people.”
So there you have it, nothing to worry about. There are also other bugs out there that people often mistake for mosquitoes.
Despite the fact that nearly every person on the planet has up close and personal experience with mosquitoes, many people can’t tell the difference between mosquitoes and their other, harmless cousins. Just because it looks like a mosquito doesn’t mean it is.
With the summer months upon us, it’s good to take note of the difference…