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Old 05-02-2011, 02:10 PM   #1
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Love bugs--florida drivers

So this is my first season of love bugs here and WOW! they are everywhere! Do you drive your camaro's in this mess? Mine is not moving until this is over. Don't want to chance messing up my paint over a freaking bug..

For those that don't know. Love bugs are these tiny black bugs that are "stuck" together and when they splatter on your car, their juices eat through your paint in about 12 hours. Nasty little things.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:18 PM   #2
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I carry around waterless wash and bug remover, everytime im going to be parked for more than an hour i clean it up.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:22 PM   #3
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wow...ive never heard of such a thing.. thank god for being from texas i guess. lol good luck though.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:25 PM   #4
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wow...ive never heard of such a thing.. thank god for being from texas i guess. lol good luck though.
Texas has them too, just on the Gulf Coast side. Hate those things. They haven't been too bad here, it's usually worse later in the year.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:26 PM   #5
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I won't let them stop me from driving that's for sure. I just wash them off, before they get a chance to do any harm. I also go heavy with the detail spray once or twice a week, it helps.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:28 PM   #6
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I took my car out for 5 min. yesterday and put it right back in the garage. Took it out this morning and washed it. I am not taking it out until they are gone. Pisses me off. I was told by someone the other day. If you take Pam, that cooking stuff, and put a light coat on the front they will wipe right off. Haven't tried it yet.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:28 PM   #7
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south carolina bugs are pretty bad too, it pisses me off
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:29 PM   #8
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wow...ive never heard of such a thing.. thank god for being from texas i guess. lol good luck though.
I'm from Indiana and just moved here in Nov. Never heard of such a thing either until I was buying my camaro and they were telling me about the paint warranty and how it's protected from love bugs. I actually laughed b/c I thought they were kidding
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:51 PM   #9
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So this is my first season of love bugs here and WOW! they are everywhere! Do you drive your camaro's in this mess? Mine is not moving until this is over. Don't want to chance messing up my paint over a freaking bug..

For those that don't know. Love bugs are these tiny black bugs that are "stuck" together and when they splatter on your car, their juices eat through your paint in about 12 hours. Nasty little things.
Everytime I park during love bug season I take out the baby wipes which removes them quickly as long as you don't let them sit for hours. Then I hit it with a quick spray wax.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:59 PM   #10
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:03 PM   #11
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The easiest way to remove the love bugs is to take a dryer sheet and spray some water on it and rub the love bugs right off. This works for fresh love bugs you just hit or ones that have been on for a few hours.
You can buy the cheap dollar store ones, they work like a charm.
If the love bugs are left on your paint for a few days and really bake into the paint, they can eat through the clear coat, in which case you can use ICE liquid clay bar on it. Buff the liquid clay bar in by hand then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. Repeat until the clear oat looks new
Neither product will harm you paint job. I've done this many times.
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:05 PM   #12
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When I used to live in Florida, I would have to stop sometimes because so many love bugs had splattered on my windshield that I couldn't see. Nasty suckers!
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:14 PM   #13
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very nasty indeed, I hate the smell of them too! I wash the front of my car everyday when I get home during the season.
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:18 PM   #14
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So glad I live in Maryland.. I have enough problems with paint chips
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:26 PM   #15
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If you don't have time to wash it, the best thing to do is to rinse off your car ASAP.

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Old 05-02-2011, 03:30 PM   #16
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clear bra will solve the issue but im so anal about the car i still get em off after each drive. carry something to spray on and wipe off. if your going on a long drive take a wet wash mitt and towel. bag the wash mitt in a ziplock.
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:34 PM   #17
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I hate love bugs. I haven't seen any in a few months though?
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:53 PM   #18
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Mine is a daily driver so I have to I do get a little bit of luck when I leave in the morning they are not out yet and on my way home they are almost gone I do have a car bra on my Camaro so that helps a ton.

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Old 05-02-2011, 04:06 PM   #19
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sorry, don't know what everyone is talking about, just want to know
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:32 PM   #20
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Ah the joys of living in Florida and driving our cars year round! The wet drier sheets work great! The love bugs only stay around for about two weeks. Hmm, two weeks of love bugs twice a year or four freaking months of snow! Yup, I'm glad I moved south five years ago!
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:34 PM   #21
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Yeah I still drive my car - gotta get to work somehow!

But, I give the car a quick wipe down each night when I get home and all is good.

They are MUCH worse later on in the year I think, although I was driving a white car last year, so maybe I just noticed them more!
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:40 PM   #22
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the love bugs were one of the main reasons I got full front end, 1/4 hood, and 1/4 front fenders clear bra'd. I spray the clear bra areas with Plexus after every wash and that helps wipe off the little fockers.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:42 PM   #23
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This is just another reason that I am thankful to live in Montana. This has been one of the longest winters I can remember, and the ol Dodge and I have spent more quality time together than I would normally like, but at least I don't have to worry about these so called "Love Bugs."
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:44 PM   #24
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We really cannot complain, we are one of the very few states that can drive these beasts YEAR round.

They get REAL bad June/July... Once football season starts, they are not too bad at all. I drive to Tallahassee and don't have many issues Sept-Dec. However, I carry a water bottle and a small towel and just wash the bumper clean once I park for the night or after a lengthy drive.

Right now there is an orgy nest of those little bi--hes on my back porch. They are just smushing each other on my stucco back wall of my house, it is gross. One weekend a storm killed them and they all died in a pile together... it was rather romatic actually.
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try Rejex

A good coat of Rejex.. It works on metal surfaces as well as fiberglass (Corvette's). Wet rag and they wipe off just get when fairly fresh. Don't let then dry over night.
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