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Old June 1st, 2006, 08:40 AM
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Since the beginning of this week we have been invaded by Love bugs again. They are everywhere in the 1000's. They travel in pairs, with the smaller one at the end connected by their "ends" Anybody else have those right now in FL? When they get smashed they release a substance thats not good for the car paint plus they stick to it very hard.
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Sue, I don't know what love bugs looks like. I thought for a minute you were having a VW convention.

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yes, they are very bad invasion this year.
I saw on tv the best way to wash them off is with baby shampoo, and a strong water spray. You can not use the wipers, this only makes it smear the bugs... UCK
If left on the car they will remove the paint finish.
Also, the best time to drive is early morning before the sun heats up the ground and the love bugs take flight.
here is a web site www.cricket.biol.sc.edu/luvbug
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Carole, I couldn't get your site to open, but does this mean they are crickets?

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We managed to bring a few of these smooshed critters back to WI with us on the front of my car. I think I've got them all off now.
I didn't know about love bugs til someone was talking about them. I looked them up on line, and now I have some first hand eye witness account.

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Sue, when I drove a truck, I would spend most of the spring and summer in Fla on the roads. We use to spray PAM on the front of our trucks and on the bumpers. It made it so much easier to wash off at the next fuel stop. We used R in-x on the windshield and that also helped. They have so much acid in their bodies that it will take the paint right off. My DW thought I was out of my mind when I used the PAM on our first vacation to Fla. 8)
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Those little raskels are BLIND MESQUITOES. They are called LOVE BUGS because they are mateing. And they ARE out in force now. PAM is good to spray on the front of the car. DO NOT spray on the windshield. Sssesh what a mess.

I remember years ago youngsters set up shop on Highway 528 leading from Orlando to Coco at the St Johns River. They had a business of removing love bugs from windshields. Most were completely black with the bugs. Very lucutive business. Have not seen them lately. Maybe I could pick up a few bucks. Anyone want to join me. Just kidding
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Did somebody say bug?

Oh...I thought you were calling me, sorry. Back to your topic now.

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Thanks for the tip for spraying with Pam. What a great idea! I also have them on my lanai.When I open the door for the dogs they come in. They are gross. I wonder which is the male and female>
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We haven't had them in force in South Florida, but friends who drove up to Tampa came back with them all over their car.

What a way to go ... smashing into a widshield while mating.
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They were bad the day we drove from Sanford to Kenansville to pick up our chickens.
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We've seen some here in Central Florida-below Orlando but not the gross amount we had 10 years ago when we moved down here. They were so thick that they were several inches high on the porches. You'd get attacked by these things!! After that, several of the residents screened in their front porches because they were piled up at their front doors, in the windows, etc. A few years ago, malathion was sprayed on the orange groves because of cankor outbreaks, and since then the lovebug population has gone down, at least in this area. But, we were at my boss's the other night--she lives on a golf course and she said they were pretty thick over there. I've seen a few groups here and there-won't even call them swarms, but they haven't been very annoying overall.
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Are they like palmetto bugs? Those are gross!

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For some reason, each year they are predominant over on the West coast of Florida.
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