Daddy long legs - a serious problem?

We are inundated with crane flies - both inside and outside. Literally scores of them on our windows and white walls. Two years ago rooks ripped up our lawn in Spring, looking for chafer grubs and I'm worried that leather jackets may cause the same problem. Am I right in thinking that an insecticide should be applied now, in the Autumn?
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    Far better to apply nematodes as explained here

     http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=651

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    Yes Verdun, they'll have to wait until next year to use them, but they do work image

    However Lawn Grub Killer contains Provado and is being withdrawn at the end of this month because of the ban due to concerns that it is killing bees.  See the link I posted.

    Selling it after 30th September will be an offence, as will using it after the end of November.

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • & too late for the pesticide too unless you're quick - it's being withdrawn from Monday.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Should have been withdrawn years ago. A few leather jackets will cause less damage than the poison 

  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 331
    Thank you Verdun and Dovefromabove. If I could avoid insecticides I would - but the damage two years ago was horrific, so I'm on to Amazon. Thanks again
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    If you could avoid insecticides you would? Hmmmmm

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Well said, Verdun. Not to mention the millions flying about in thousands of aeroplanes daily spewing out toxic fumes just under the ozon layer!

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