Episode #45 | Original Air Date: May 1, 2020
The slow-moving lovebug is a familiar spring and fall sight to most people in the South. These small black-and-red insects swarm roads and coat cars, usually attached to a mate.
Lovebugs are native to Central America. They’re attracted to exhaust fumes, so they hover over roads and get splattered on your car’s windshield and grill during May and September. Lovebugs like hot temperatures and are only active during the day.
Lovebugs are harmless to people and your landscape. Also the use of pesticides is not an effective method of managing them. Lovebugs' bodies do contain acids that can harm your car’s paint, so wash them off as soon as possible.
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