How do I get rid of Lovebugs?
If you live in Florida, you know about this overly annoying insect, Lovebugs. The insect that Floridians love to hate. They destroy your paint and swarm around your front door with no control. They come around twice a year, once from April – May, and a second time from August – September. Even though they are practically harmless, these critters can disturb the plants surrounding your home and invade areas with excessive moisture as they can be breeding and feeding ground for lovebugs. So what can you do to get rid of them? Here are a couple of solutions to try out.
Outside your home
- Insect Spray. Spray your front porch are with an all-natural insect spray & this should keep them away for the most part and potentially kill them as well.
- Keep your lawn mowed. Lovebugs larvae prefer to feast off of decomposing biological matter so your yard makes it an ideal spot for the flying insects to lay their eggs in. So mow your lawn regularly & keep it fairly clean.
- Make your own insect spray. Put on your Bill Nye outfit & put together a couple of ingredients that you can find right in your kitchen to keep these critters away.
- 1 cup of warm water
- 3 tablespoons of citrus dish soap
- 3 tablespoons of mouthwash.
- Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and spray on plants and walls where the lovebugs are.
- Use a Vacuum. Sucking them up in a vacuum is both easy and fun! So definitely don’t overlook this option as it can be an immediate relief to your infestation problem.
- A very wallet-friendly way to get rid of Lovebugs is to simply wait. Male Lovebugs die after mating and female lovebugs can only live for three to six days, so the infestation will more likely than not die on its own.
Keep them off your car
- Waxing your car. Waxing right before Lovebug season begins will exponentially reduce the effects of the splattered critters as well as prevent them from sticking to your paint.
- Wash frequently. This will make the cleaning process very easy and will prevent the bugs from damaging your paint as they are very acidic.
- Use a car mask. You can find a car mask to be a fairly inexpensive way to protect your front bumper & hood from these bugs. The bugs will splatter on the car mask rather than on the paint.
There are other ways to do it, but there you have a couple of the most popular ones that will get the job done and won’t break your wallet. Lovebugs will turn off buyers if you’re trying to sell your home so try to upkeep on the maintenance if you have any thoughts on selling anytime soon. If you have any other effective ways not listed on here, please feel free to leave a comment down below to help your fellow homeowners.