What Are Love Bugs?
There’s a lot to love about those stretches of the year that bookend the dog days of summer. From April to May, the days and nights are filled with picnics and festivals. And once you’ve survived the hotter months of June and July, August and September signal a change in the weather, the advent of football season, the coming holidays…
One thing you could do without, however, are the sun-blotting swarms of love bugs that plague your vehicle – particularly in the South. If it weren’t for their massive numbers, these red-and-black insects wouldn’t be such a nuisance – they don’t even bite or sting. But during those four months of the year – which happen to be the love bugs’ mating seasons – they tend to congregate near highways. As a result, millions of these airborne pests are sure to perish across the windshields and grilles of motorists who make their home along the Gulf Coast.
To make matters worse – and as you know all too well – love bugs in Florida, Texas, Louisiana and the other southeastern states have acidic body chemistry. This means if you don’t clean your car immediately, unsightly pits and etches will set into your paint job. Even after a few hours, it can be extremely difficult to scrape away the mess. That could mean spending unnecessary money on a fresh coat of paint, or leave you thinking you have to do all of your driving at night to prevent getting splattered.