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Daddy long legs expert explains what you should do if you see one in your home


A bug expert has revealed what to do if you see a Daddy Long Legs in your home.

A surge of the insects have been seen across UK homes as temperatures lower with the onset of autumn.

Experts said the bugs have been trying to find a mate so they can lay their eggs.

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However, one expert has explained to CoventryLive what residents should do if they saw one in their home and why they shouldn’t kill them.

Karl Curtis, director of reserves and community engagement at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said: “They are out this time of year because they are hatching out of our lawns and various places – they live a lot of their lives underground as a grub, as a larva, and then hatch over the summer.

“Probably now is the last throw of the dice, and they come out and look to mate, lay eggs back into vegetation and then die off.”

He added: “They often get confused with spiders but they’re not, they’re flies, they’re a really good food source for birds, they’re really important to play their part so people should let them out of their windows and not kill them.”

Mr Curtis said things like fly sprays were bad for the environment and other living things so should be avoided.

And he noted that crane flies were not poisonous, contrary to popular belief, and should not be feared.

“The very long spindly spiders that you get in the corners of your room, they’re called cellar spiders, those do pack a punch, but they are not dangerous to humans,” he said.

“[Crane flies] they’re absolutely harmless. While the female has a point on the end of her abdomen, that’s to lay eggs, it’s not a stinger.”

He went on: “The reason they come into the house is for warmth and they are attracted to light so if the lights are on in the house they come inside, and they hatch out in the darker hours to avoid being eaten by birds.

“They’re not looking for shelter, they’re out looking for a mate and then looking to lay eggs, they end up in houses because their favourite habitat is short grass and we have lawns.”

The wall-jumping insect helps get rid of spiders, aphids, dead insects, fungus, bird droppings, worms and snails.

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