Love Bugs

Who can forget traveling in south Georgia or Florida and finding the front of the car covered with mating “love bugs”? Adult love bugs neither sting nor bite but they hover above highways on their mating flight. They spatter on hoods and windshields in a sticky mess. They can even cause automobile overheating by clogging radiator fins.

A screen over your car grill can keep the bugs out of the radiator but there are other tricks to dealing with the amorous insects. Wash and wax the car before traveling, then spray exposed areas with the anti-stick compound used for cooking. Spread baby oil over the insect debris to remove it more easily. If possible, schedule travel time when bugs are not active. Their flights are during daytime hours and they are not usually active until 10:00 a.m. By traveling at night, they can be avoided completely!

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University of Florida Love Bugs

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