If you have lived in Florida for any length of time, you realize that, much like summer, lovebug season is an inevitable part of the year. Generally, lovebugs
fly into our state twice a year – during late spring, from around mid April through May, and then again in fall, as the heat begins to fade in September.
While lovebugs are harmless to humans, they can definitely be a nuisance. Often times they will fly in people’s faces when they are enjoying an outdoor activity, or swarm around the backyard swimming pool. This is because they are attracted to moisture, and love to feed on moist grass. Besides this, they are also attracted to shiny car radiators – causing them to often splatter across windshields, hoods and grills. If your car has had a run in with a lovebug swarm, make sure to clean it immediately – if their acid residue is left on too long, it can cause damage to the paint of the cars.
Many sources speculate that this might be bigger lovebug season than ones in the past, due to the wet winter we had. So what can you do to help protect yourself from the nuisance of lovebugs?
To keep them away from the inside of your home, try using inspect spray on your doors and windows, and turn the ceiling fans on to keep them from being able to fly inside. You can also use mosquito repellent candles in your home or on your porch to help drive them away. Outside, keep your lawn well maintained – lovebug larvae often grow in thatch, the layer of organic matter between the green matter and the soil surface of your grass. The longer your grass grows, the more thatch is produced, giving lovebugs more room to grow. It is practically impossible to keep lovebugs off your vehicle, but there are ways to get them off quickly. Make it a ritual to get a water hose and sponge and remove the lovebugs at the end of the day to keep your paint intact. Many auto shops also offer car waxes that are specially formulated to reduce the effects of splattered insects.
By keeping these tips in mind, you will be able to survive lovebug season and enjoy the beginning of summer! Have questions or need some pest control services? Contact Us