How to Remove Lovebugs From Your Car
- Try to keep all your driving to after sundown, when lovebugs are not active and flying around.
- Drive your car at low speeds, to avoid the bugs from smashing into your hood and windshield.
- The remains of dead lovebugs can be tough to wash off if not removed soon enough.
- Waxing your car before swarming season, will make it easy to wash off the dead bugs from the car.
- You could wipe the car with cooking spray to reduce the stickiness of the dead bugs' bodies. However, be sure that the car's paint is resistant to such materials, because the paint on some automobiles, can get damaged by the spray.
- Use a car mask during swarming season, dead lovebugs will splatter on the mask, rather than on your car.
- Wiper fluids specially formulated for the lovebug problem are available in many stores. These fluids don't allow the bugs to stick to the windshield, preventing damage.
- Using a filter screen in front of your car grill, will prevent lovebugs from getting into your radiator.
- While cleaning, you can wipe the car with baby oil to remove the bugs more easily.
- Soap and water solutions can also effectively remove the dead bugs with some effort and when done early.
- Use a wet cloth dipped in baking soda to get lovebugs off your paintwork easily.
- WD-40 is another very effective product while trying to clean these dead insects.
- Wiping the car with wet dryer sheets also helps in getting the bugs off the car. However, one must be gentle while doing this, as excess force may cause scratches on the paintwork.
- As mentioned before, lovebugs love bright colors, so if you are planning to buy a car, choose a dark-colored one. It will attract lesser insects.
- Soaking the dead bugs in the cleaning solution, will make the process easier.
- A solution of warm water and baby shampoo is another good option for cleaning dead lovebugs off your car.
- Vinegar and water solution is an effective home remedy for cleaning.
- Installing wind deflectors on your car will prevent most lovebugs from hitting the windshield.
The tips and home remedies given above, will surely make a difference, and save you a lot of time and money for cleaning or repairing your home and vehicle. However, if you still have problems with these little pests, remember that lovebug season lasts for only a few weeks. So wait for these blighters to die out, and then you can start your cleaning.
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