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Invasion of daddy-long-legs expected

Grass Clippings - Invasion of Daddy Long LegsA record 200 billion daddy-long-legs are set to hatch this autumn, experts are warning.  The warm weather will see the insects spread further across the country than ever before.

The bugs – also known as leatherjackets in the larval stage and crane flies when adults – have benefited from a combination of a hot summer and the right amount of rain, which has helped them grow in their subterranean tunnels.

And thanks to a late burst of warm September weather, the insects now have more time to spread to the north of the country.

Most of the crane flies to hatch will be the Tipula paludosa species, which are around an inch long.

But there will also be an invasion of the “monster” Tipula maxima species, which can grow up to four inches.

Buglife’s Rory Dimond said: “They are gradually spreading northwards. They are a non-native species, and they come in from the trading points down the south, in areas like Dover and Kent.

“When the summer is warmer they have more chance of wandering between houses and colonising that way.”

With the EU ban on lawn larvae grub control based on actives Chlorpyrifos and also Imidacloprid, professional turf managers and lawn treatment companies do not have any products to buy that control the larvae that eat your lawn roots.  Until this ruling is overturned, sports turf and lawns are being ripped up across the country and or serverely damaged by the hungry grubs eating the grass roots.  It is for this reason why numbers of adults are so high.

The cat is goiong to be kept quite busy, batting the daddy-long-legs around the house this autumn.

Read more on The Telegraph


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