John Mayer's Real Estate Blog: Florida Love Bugs are in the Air...and on your windshield and in your hair and....

Florida Love Bugs are in the Air...and on your windshield and in your hair and....

It's Florida love bug season again but fortunately the little love makers will only be around for several weeks.

Love Bug Invasion

According to Wikipedia, there is a theory that love bugs give a clue as to whether there is going to be an active hurricane season. Florida, in 2004 saw a lot of love bugs prior to an active hurricane season. In 2005 and 2006, there were fewer love bugs and the state had relatively quiet hurricane years. This year there are love bugs EVERYWHERE and it is predicted that the Atlantic is to have a very active storm season from June to November. Fortunately, the Cape Canaveral / Cocoa Beach area has historically had fewer major storms roll through and that's a big reason why NASA chose to launch from here. I feel safer already :-)

Mating Love Bugs

Love bug carcasses are high in acidity and can eat away at paint and pit chrome. Some say that wiping them off with a dryer sheet helps. Other theories include spraying the areas with Pam or similar product. Another idea is to use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser: apparently it will take crayon marks off the walls and love bugs off the car. In any case, they're a real pain in the windshield. Isn't nature grand!!

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5 commentsJohn Mayer • May 18 2010 11:26AM

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It's been awhile since I've been in Florida during lovebug season, but it is something to see in person!  At least they don't bite.

Posted by Cynthia (Cindy) Vogt (Long & Foster Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Cynthia - Fortunately, they're only around for a short time just like mayflies up north. Not biting is GOOD!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 4 years ago

John, Today my van looks just like your picture. They are pretty darn thick on A1A today.

-Paul

Love Bug Invasion

Posted by Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor (Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida) about 4 years ago

Paul - You should see my wife's car after driving home from Titusville to Cape Canaveral today!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 4 years ago

John....I've never experienced these little love bugs and I guess I'm glad after reading your discription of what they can do.  Sorry to hear that their abundance may foretell a heavy hurricane season.

cosmic cow

Posted by Carra Riley, CRB, CRS, GRI (Author, Speaker, Consultant, Carra Riley Inc.) about 4 years ago

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