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Old 05-04-2014, 11:46 AM   #1
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Love Bug outbreak

There is a Love Bug outbreak in Jacksonville, Florida this morning. The bugs are attracted to car exhaust fumes (i.e. they love the city streets and the interstate highways) and lawnmowers. It is as bad an outbreak as I've seen it in the area, and I've been here for about 20 years.

Went for a 10 minutes drive, came back and spent 15 minutes washing my Dune colored Jeep.

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I think its the color, even in Washington state... Wash the jeep and it attracts all types of bugs..

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South Louisiana here.... Twice a year we have to put up with this. Wash everyday and wax almost every weekend. They love white and I won't drive my z28 at all because of them. Scurge!!!!
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I think its the color, even in Washington state... Wash the jeep and it attracts all types of bugs..
That is not a love bug..... They are black with orange head. Usually attached to another one at the butt.
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That is not a love bug..... They are black with orange head. Usually attached to another one at the butt.
Yup; they're a Southern thang...

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That is not a love bug..... They are black with orange head. Usually attached to another one at the butt.
You're right. That looks like a lady bug. Not even close.

There is another term for them but I can't post it here.
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:12 PM   #7
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Yup. I was washing them off my Willy today.
Wait, that doesn't sound right.
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:28 PM   #8
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If you get love bugs on your willy you're doing it wrong...
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:34 PM   #9
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Yup; they're a Southern thang...

While sometimes I miss FL, that is one thing I def do NOT miss!

Worst part if you don't clean em fast enough they WILL damage the paint.
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:59 AM   #10
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Fabric softener sheets are surprisingly great for washing off the love bugs!!
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:00 AM   #11
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I was in Jacksonville yesterday and I completely agree. All I could hear is them splattering every 5 seconds on my windshield.
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Bloody hell... you folks in the South have a lot to be envied but this isn't one of them.
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Here in south Texas we get butterfly/moth mating seasons a few times a year. AWFUL. Millions of those little Bas***ds, all aiming for me.
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:15 AM   #14
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There is a Love Bug outbreak in Jacksonville, Florida this morning. The bugs are attracted to car exhaust fumes (i.e. they love the city streets and the interstate highways) and lawnmowers. It is as bad an outbreak as I've seen it in the area, and I've been here for about 20 years.

Went for a 10 minutes drive, came back and spent 15 minutes washing my Dune colored Jeep.

Drove to the beach yesterday and was covered within the 1st few miles.
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bucket and sponge by the garage door is a permanent fixture during lovebug season
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:29 PM   #16
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Yup. Not crazy about them. Sad part is they were created by a university here in FL to eat mosquitos. Never worked out. They just mate and die.
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Yep... it's Love bug season, alright. My Jeep will probably look like this (again) in the next few days:

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WTH is a lovebug. That sounds terrible haha. I'm in NM
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WTH is a lovebug. That sounds terrible haha. I'm in NM
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They're mostly not an issue... they aren't aggressive & don't sting or bite. My daughter likes to 'catch' them.




HOWEVER, they fly in the hundreds of thousands, and seem to congregate near highways. Inevitably, they get plastered all over any and all vehicles in the vicinity. Their guts are acidic and ETCH paint if not promptly washed away.
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That's insane!
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Hey atleast you southerners don't have to deal with cicadas. The outbreak in the northeast last year was insane.
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That's nuts.
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Hey atleast you southerners don't have to deal with cicadas. The outbreak in the northeast last year was insane.
I saw that on the news. We do have cicadas but not like you. You have the 13 or 17 year periodical cicadas. We just have regular ones...no swarms every 13 or 17 years.
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We get the swarms of cicadas here in Florida but the last one a few years ago was minimal.
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:25 PM   #25
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yeap... if your a florida native, you know this time of year we get them.... just be prepared when you drive on a highway or something they will cover your car like crazy.
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:28 PM   #26
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In So Cal, the bugs are so big, they eat people....

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There is another term for them but I can't post it here.
Yeap, they're called the same thing all the way up here in way Northcoast CA.

Not so much of a problem on the Jeep - I don't see them flying much. But, you can't take a step without crunching on a few when they are "doing it" on the ground.

I guess they are everywhere!
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:34 PM   #28
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We get the swarms of cicadas here in Florida but the last one a few years ago was minimal.
Not where I am. I've been here since 1996 and never saw a swarm. According to the University of Florida, they're not in Florida.

cicadas of Florida - Tibicen spp., Diceroprocta spp, Melampsalta spp., Neocicada hieroglyphica (Say)
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Yep, they should be starting up around here soon. I keep a spray bottle of Peroxide(the 3% stuff from the local drug store) just for this. The Peroxide cleans them off really good. Just spray it on, let it sit a few minutes, then wash them off. No real scrubbing at all.
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Yep, they should be starting up around here soon. I keep a spray bottle of Peroxide(the 3% stuff from the local drug store) just for this. The Peroxide cleans them off really good. Just spray it on, let it sit a few minutes, then wash them off. No real scrubbing at all.
That's a good tip. Will the 5% work too? No harm to the paint with
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