The Liberty County Guide to Keeping Your Ride Clean this Lovebug Season
Spring is the favorite time of year for most as the weather starts warming up, everything is in bloom and outdoor activities like shrimping are in full swing. But with spring comes a seasonal visitor that tends to make a mess of things – lovebugs! Lovebugs are black and orange insects that fill the sky, as well as windshields and car grilles, at least twice a year, to include spring. Every good Southerner knows it is inevitable that the front of any vehicle will be covered with these doomed couples and the lovebug season can last four to five weeks!
Photo courtesy of Farmers’ Almanac
The aftermath of these flying pests is not only gross to look at but can also be damaging to the paint job on your vehicle. The species reputation as a public nuisance is due to their slightly acidic body chemistry which causes them to stick very well to your vehicle. These non-biting, non-stinging pests actually get more acidic as they decay on the front of your car! Some residents find the time each week to take care of the splatters of bug guts, while others decide to wait until the end of the season to do it all at once. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove ‘em, but below we have compiled a list of at home options to remove and prevent the insect version of Romeo and Juliet from your ride.
– Baby shampoo: Mix warm water with baby shampoo and enjoy your squeaky-clean ride!
– Baking Soda: Mix warm water with baking soda and watch the bugs melt from your sight.
– Degreaser: Spray the degreaser, let it set for a few minutes and then wipe all of your love bug problems away.
– Dryer Sheets: Not only is this a great smelling option, but also an easy one to accomplish as this is a product most people have at home. Water, dryer sheets and elbow grease make this a quick option.
– Car wax: Waxing your car will not only help keep your car shiny but will also help protect it against the splatter.
– Go visit Tidal Wave Auto Spa! They have monthly and yearly packages to fit your automobile cleaning needs!