Spring time is here! Which means sunshine, blooming flowers, and the infamous love bug plague. As Floridians, we’ve all experienced these too-friendly pests and their flocks in numbers. This is especially true for any of us with vehicles, as our cars, trucks, and motorcycles become plastered with them every time we have to run an errand. While love bugs are harmless, they are quite a nuisance and an annoyance.
Love Bug Myth
There’s been a long-standing myth that the love bug was an experiment-gone-wrong on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville. However, this myth isn’t actually true. Love bugs are a natural insect, though they don’t originate from the United States. They come from South America and eventually migrated their way up to North America. Some say that certain shipments from South America to North America in the 1940s helped to bring love bugs to Texas.
Love Bug Issues
Fortunately, love bugs don’t cause any harm to us in the form of bites, stings, or possible transmitted diseases. However, they can “leave their mark,” so to speak. Many find that failing to remove love bug remains from their cars will result in damage to the car’s paint. Furthermore, the longer they remain on the vehicle, the more difficult it becomes to get them off completely. To prevent this from becoming as big of an issue, try treating your car with a protective wax to help make it easier to get rid of the love bug aftermath of driving around.
Prevention and Control Tips
For those who simply hate the thought of these buzzing lovers floating into their home, a pest control professional can help by treating the area. There are also some tips that you can take yourself to help minimize the flocks of love bugs that swarm and enter your home during the spring and late summer seasonal bursts.
Try the following tips to help control your love bug population this spring:
- Applying insect spray to doors and other exterior areas to help keep them from lounging on access points into your home
- Turn on ceiling fans and other smaller fans to blow them outward and away from the home
- Light mosquito repellent candles, which can also work to keep love bugs at bay
- Keep your lawn mowed, as love bug larva grow in the thatch, or area between the soil and the green matter of your lawn