Love bugs. If you live in a humid place, you may be familiar with these annoying insects. While “love” is in their name, many do not feel too amorous toward these creatures. They show up in late April or May and September, from Texas to Florida, and as far north as North Carolina. While these critters don’t bite or sting, their dense swarms splatter windshields and can even clog radiator grills causing your vehicle to overheat. So what can you do to get rid of them? We have a few natural solutions.
How to Get Rid of Love Bugs
In the Home
Some people have had success using ceiling fans to keep love bugs from flying into their homes. Turn the fan on high to keep them from finding a comfy place to land.
Outside the Home
Keep your lawn mowed. Love bug larvae grow in thatch, so a mowed lawn reduces their breeding ground.
Keeping Them Off Your Car
Wax your car right before their season begins. This will help reduce the effects of splattered insects as well as help prevent them from sticking to the paint. Lather a little baby oil or spray some cooking spray on your car’s hood and bumper. Wash frequently. This will help make the cleaning the bug residue easier. Wet dryer sheets also work well to wipe off any bugs that stick on your car. Try these other suggestions from expert Floridians for keeping your car love-bug-free.
Fun Fact: The male love bug dies after mating and is dragged around by the female until she lays her eggs.
Love Bug Spray
This tried-and-true spray is known to effectively get rid of love bugs. And it uses ingredients you have right in your pantry.
1 cup water
3 tablespoons citrus dish soap
3 tablespoons mouthwash
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on plants and walls where love bugs are.