With Britons already mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the next two weeks would still be difficult for people as experts warned of an invasion of dad’s long legs into their home. Experts familiar with the development have warned that thousands of homes could be attacked as millions of creepy crawlies could appear in the next 12-14 days. They pointed out that the region is currently experiencing warm weather which is considered the ideal condition for breeding. Speaking to the Daily Star, a spokesperson for the group said: “Although they can cause a bit of a disturbance in homes with their incessant fluttering, they are placid creatures, literally unable to hurt a fly. “
The spokesperson also suggested people not to treat them harshly as they are not poisonous. “If you find one, grab it gently and release it outside, that’s Buglife’s advice. They don’t sting and are harmless,” he said. Additionally, he noted that species also known as leatherjackets are good for the environment because their larvae help enrich the soil, turning dead organic matter into nutrient-rich material. Additionally, the spokesperson noted that the daddy’s long legs are crucial to other species as they serve lunch and dinner for several other species.
Leatherjackets are good for other species and not harmful to humans: Experts
“And they are also breakfast, lunch and dinner for birds, bats, amphibians, spiders, other insects, reptiles and fish, which constitute reserves to see them pass the winter,” the spokesperson added. Meanwhile, the University of California Department of Entomology told the UK-based publication that people need not fear the invasion and added that they are beneficial for the environment. Furthermore, he clarified that the species does not fall under the venomous category. “They don’t have venom glands, fangs, or any other mechanism to chemically subdue their food. Therefore, they don’t have injectable toxins. Some have defensive secretions that could be toxic to small animals in case swallowed.”