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Crane flies look like massive mosquitoes but they're not bloodsuckers

Resembling massive mosquitoes, crane flies are fluttering about in the Valley. But they aren’t bloodsuckers.

In fact, they’re harmless, according to Joshua Tennenbaum with Arizona Pest Control who said the weather has been favorable for the large insects.

“We’ve had a really wet winter. The ground is very moist. Also, we anticipate a lot of foliage as well. Every so many years we tend to get a burst of these," Tennenbaum said. 

Tennebaum also said crane flies, which are attracted to light, are vital to the ecosystem as they feed on decayed matter and natural waste. 

Tom Maxedon is the host of KJZZ’s Weekend Edition on Saturday and Sunday from 6-10 a.m. and All Things Considered on Monday from 3-6 p.m.