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Old 06-28-2011, 08:01 PM   #1
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I sure hope I don't jinx us but has anybody noticed the absence of the infamous love bug over the last two years? Personally, I don't miss them at all.

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they usually show for a time near the middle to the end of may also. i too have noticed a big drop off the past 2 years. anybody have knowledge of a useful purpose for these critters ?
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I would think the last two winters having very low temps may have something to do with it.
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No they are an invasive species from china I believe and I think they are toxic to most native predators
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Their usual infestation times are May and September. They found their way here from Central America by migration and have no natural predators, other than windshieds and grills. They have very acidic body fluids that can eat away at paint and clearcoat in a short period of time.

Whatever the reason for their absence keep it up.

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Here's a tip for getting them off your front end without damaging your finish. Carry a handful of Bounce Dryer Sheets in your vehicle, and when you get lovebugs on your paint, wet the dryer sheet and wipe them off. The chemicals in the dryer sheet seem to soften the bugs and dissolve the acid.

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I think the black grasshoppers must be eating them.. We are being overrun by these demons. Don't worry, lovebugs will be here in about 6 weeks.
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Here's a tip for getting them off your front end without damaging your finish. Carry a handful of Bounce Dryer Sheets in your vehicle, and when you get lovebugs on your paint, wet the dryer sheet and wipe them off. The chemicals in the dryer sheet seem to soften the bugs and dissolve the acid.

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I've tried this and IT WORKS!

As far as the love bugs not showing up, they were in full force in mid May in Central Florida. We took a road trip then and took me forever to get them off when we got back. That's when I finally Googled "love bug removal" and found the tip on the dryer sheets. WD-40 also works!
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you can also take some non-stick cooking spray and wipe on the front of the car and that works really well.
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