“Love bugs, do you guys love them?”
“Of course we do!” said workers at All Seasons Nursery.
Love bugs may be a nuisance for your car, but, the little guys actually have a purpose other than sticking to your hood.
“For us as gardeners and flower loving people, they are very beneficial to us in the landscape.” said Sonia Ducote, Manager of All Seasons Nursery, “They eat on decaying matter, decaying compost and things in our yard. Which we want, we want to have a natural decomposition of the material.”
Ducote says love bugs go by a few names, they’re also known as the march fly or even the honeymoon fly.
“The reason for that is their life cycle.” said Ducote, “A male and a female always have to be together. Because when that’s over with the female only lives for a few days.”
You can gauge whether it’s love bug season based off the front of your car. But Ducote says those honeymooners actually mate twice a year, in the late spring and late summer.
“I hate them! They stick to my car!!” said one customer at All Seasons Nursery.
The washers at Todd’s Car Wash say they’re certainly seeing a lot of love bug graveyards.
“It can cause a lot of damage if you leave them on, they will start eating your clear coat. Within a day they’ll stain the car.” said Christopher Vice, Front line washer at Todd’s Car Wash.
Luckily there’s some tips to hopefully make their splatter less painful.
“Washing it properly and applying a coat of wax will last about six months of protection. If you do plan on washing it in between, use a spray wax. It will help in between those washes.” said Vice, “Also, use a microfiber towel or wash pad for the safest clean.”
There are some home remedies like a dryer sheet, tire varnish, or even cooking spray. But, Vice warns those home remedies might not be effective because they can cause long term negative effects on the clear coat of the car.
“Vehicles come and vehicles go. But love bugs do a lot of good for the earth. I’m a flower person so I love them.” said Decote.