If you’ve had your windows or doors open lately at your house (and who wouldn’t? It’s spring in Texas!), you may have noticed some pesky little visitors.

They look like oversized mosquitoes, and in Texas they’re fondly nicknamed “mosquito hawks” or “skeeter eaters.” 

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But -- sorry -- despite what your parents may have told you, they don’t actually eat mosquitoes. They don’t bite you either. They’re just kind of there (although, according to some experts, they benefit the ecosystem because their larvae feed on decaying organic matter). 

According to the Dallas Morning News, they’re basically just annoying and serve as food for other bugs. They’re also technically called crane flies. There are more than 15,000 types, according to Entomology Today, and they vary in size. Texas A&M University reports that several species exist in Texas, and they often come out to play beginning in mid-February and lasting into April. They’ll often pop into your home because, like many other bugs, they’re attracted to light.

Texas A&M experts say if you’re being bugged by these pests, make sure you have good door and window screens. You can also buy bug lights to ward them off, or leave your outside lights off during the evening.

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