Category Archives: Leatherjackets and Crane Flys

Leatherjackets are the larvae stage of the common crane fly and spend the winter months in the soil eating their way through the roots of grass.

These grubs can be very damaging to a lawn. If a large animal such as a badger or fox finds these grubs on your lawn then they can rip up your entire lawn overnight.

In these pages find out how to identify if you have these pests in your lawn, and how to treat them.

Video: Digging for leatherjackets in a lawn

The winter of 2018-2019 saw a large number of lawns devastated by leatherjackets. These grubs live in the soil, just under the surface of a lawn. They are the larval stage of crane flies (tipulidae). Eggs laid by the adults in the summer months. They hatch and the grubs then spend the winter days munching through grass plants,… Read More »

Leatherjacket Lawn Pests – The Complete Guide

Updated: October 2020 What are leatherjackets? The leatherjacket life cycle Spotting leatherjacket grubs in your lawn What damage can leatherjackets do? How can you control leatherjackets? Leatherjacket controls to avoid Will leatherjackets keep attacking my lawn? Download my leatherjacket fact sheet This is a summary PDF of this blog post in an easy to see, printable format. What… Read More »

Leatherjacket grubs can destroy your lawn!

A updated post (April 2020) for leatherjackets has been published here. Leatherjackets are one of the most devastating lawn pests found in the UK, literally eating their way through an entire lawn. A severe leatherjacket attack will mean that your lawn has to be entirely replaced … which could cost thousands! Read on to learn how to spot… Read More »