Lovebugs horror story and solution

LoveBug Seasons

By now I’ve been through many love bug seasons and they never bugged me too much. Sure it gets annoying when the windshield and the front of the car get soiled with smashed bugs whose remains are stinky and difficult to remove – and damage the paint of the vehicle if not washed off promptly.

The lovebug, Plecia nearctica, is a member of the family of march flies. It is also known as the honeymoon fly, kissingbug, or double-headed bug. The adult is a small, flying insect common to parts of Central America and the southeastern United States, especially along the Gulf Coast. During and after mating, adult pairs remain coupled, even in flight, for up to several days. From Wikipedia

So, love bug season for me was just another one of those things that one accepts as another one of the unique characteristics of the area.
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Love Bug
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Stinky little things come and go, once in spring – then stick around for a couple of weeks in fall, and once they’re gone, noone misses them. Simple as that. Until now.

Invasion

When bugs coexist in my environment as described above, I don’t pay much attention to them and I don’t bother looking for a solution to keep them away. In my mind they simply have their space and purpose just like everything else on this planet, even when I can’t quite understand it.

Immature lovebugs larvae feed on partially decayed vegetation in the landscape and, in this respect, are beneficial. Adults feed only on nectar during this brief life stage. Source

And then, September 2013 happened. At first the new lovebug season looked like pretty much every one before. Until I opened my front door one morning and saw a black cloud of bugs swarming around. It was so big and thick that it made me scream and slam the door after a split second.

Localized lovebug flights can number in the hundreds of thousands. The slow, drifting movement of the insects is almost reminiscent of snow fall except that the flies also rise in the air… Source

After I recovered from the initial shock, I walked out the garage door to check out the front of the house. It looked like D-Day invasion…
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Lovebug  invasion
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On top of that, lovebugs started appearing inside the house, especially around the entrance. And that’s when my patience ran out.

What To Do?

Years ago I came across the information that tobacco flavored Listerine mouthwash repels mosquitoes when sprayed around popular outdoor-activities areas like porches and decks. So I kept some in a spray bottle ever since. I’m not even sure tobacco mouthwash really works but that spray bottle was the first thing that crossed my mind after seeing all those lovebugs at my front door.

Initially, mouthwash did the job. The next day, however, there were more of new and alive ones there. It looked to me like they were happily feeding on the remnants of the dried-up mouthwash.

I walked in the kitchen and filled the same spray bottle with soapy water. Then I went back out and sprayed the whole area around the entrance, including the door, the walls and the sidewalk. Finally, I walked away, hoping for the best.

The next day, the situation was much improved, even though I still didn’t dare to open the front door. Yet, two days later, there were no more bugs around there – than anywhere else around the house. In other words, they were no longer concentrated around that certain area and I was able to get rid of the bug graveyard.
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Male and Female Lovebug

Male and Female Lovebug

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Solution

Urban legend holds that lovebugs are synthetic—the result of a University of Florida genetics experiment gone wrong; this is not true.

Much speculation about the lovebug still thrives. This is partly because the larval form of this insect is seldom seen, as it lives and feeds in the thatch of grasses for most of the year. Source

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My soapy water recipe:

  • 1 part Natural Dish Liquid
  • 4 parts water

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And this (see image to the left) is the dish soap I actually used at the time because the bottle of it was sitting on my kitchen sink.
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I hope you don’t have to deal with lovebugs, ever. And if you do, you might want to put to test what worked for me. Good luck!!
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Related articles:

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  • Fact Check Lovebugs aren’t a UF experiment gone bad Florida Times-Union  -Fact Check Lovebugs aren’t a UF experiment gone bad. Florida Times-Union. Lovebugs arrive at two times of the year August-September and April-May. The bugs which fly as they are mating hence the name can be a nuisance to motorists. When lovebugs become so abundant they can create a driving hazard. Windshields can.…
  • Lovebugs a pesky problem for motorists The News Herald  -The News Herald. Lovebugs a pesky problem for motorists. The News Herald. PANAMA CITY Jeff Tolodxi drove into Speedy Car Wash in Panama City on Sunday with insects splattered across the grill hood and side mirrors of his blue Dodge truck. Most of them appeared to be lovebugs the flying insects that move in groups of..
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