John Mayer's Real Estate Blog: Speechless Sundays - Love Bugs are in the Air

Speechless Sundays - Love Bugs are in the Air

"Love Bugs" invade Florida twice a year, usually in May and September. Flights can last 4 to 5 weeks and although they don't bite, they are considered quite a nuissance. My wife and I sprayed the screen room and vacuumed dozens from inside the house today. The garden was full of them. All these little pests do is make love and then die within a few days. Not soon enough for some Floridians :-)

Florida Love Bugs

Love Bug Threesome :-) They typically fly around together while still joined.

Florida Love Bugs

A neighbor's SUV is covered with acidic bugs that will eat the paint right off your vehicle if not promtly removed.

Truck Covered in Love Bugs

They're having a party on the backside of my hibiscus.

Florida Love Bugs

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Comment balloon 26 commentsJohn Mayer • May 15 2011 10:18PM

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Looks like mess bugs...ewwww

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 9 years ago

great pics there .  Ah Spring is in the air 

Posted by Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake, (Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH) over 9 years ago

Hi John, I hate when they invade us, But here in Pensacola we have not really gotten them the last few years.

Posted by Arleen Montford, Selling NW Florida Homes in Pace/Milton/Pensacola FL (KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY GULF COAST ) over 9 years ago

Sally and David - I agree, they're pretty messy!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

Thanks Stan - Us Floridians could do without these pests of spring :-)

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

Arleen - You're lucky! This year has been one of the worst so far. We'll see how long they last.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

The love bugs are all over my van when I drive from Cape Coral to Gainesville.

Posted by Don McBride, Nautical Realty (Nautical Realty) over 9 years ago

I'd forgotten all about those guys! Haven't seen or thought about them since I moved to Wyoming...can't say as I miss 'em.

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) over 9 years ago

Don - Don't you just love this time of year? They're harder to remove, the longer they stay on your vehicle.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

Tim - I won't miss them when they're gone. Sell lots of property up there in Wyoming!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

Hey John - If you don't want to see love bugs, why not come up here and enjoy our beautiful yellow dandelions everywhere, especially since they don't use pesticides anymore.

Posted by FN LN over 9 years ago

OMG, they are so bad this season. I spent about 2 yrs in my backyard with a spray bottle of dish soap and water. I was on a mission to decimate them, and I must say, I succeeded. Got rid of thousands. At least I can hang out there again.

Posted by Anonymous over 9 years ago

John....Unreal.....that's a lot of love going there....
Hope you have a great day!!---Rob

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 9 years ago

Like the roses better then the bugs..Have a great day

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 9 years ago

Marc - Now where's your ingenuity? The Italians make wine out those pesky weeds :-)

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

OMG - This year is worse than normal. I can't even open the screen door without letting a few in.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

Thanks Rob - Instead of the Biblical plague of locusts, we have the Florida plague of horny love bugs :-)

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

Hi Hannah - Actually, that's a hibiscus but it almost looks like a rose doesn't it?

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

Dang!  We don't really have any swarms at all...  Fun blog!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) over 9 years ago

Hi Chris - No swarms? What about swarms of tourists? :-)

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

So that's what a Luv Bug looks like. . .I've seen those, but didn't know that was what they were called.  The grill of the Ford pickup appears to have entered mortal battle with a herd of them. . .The bugs lost:-)

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Myrl - The Ford might lose if those bugs aren't cleaned soon. They can leave marks on the paint and clog radiators. We found a small gap in one of our house screens that they were getting through. Getting rid of them can be a challenge!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

Hi John... this isone of the things I do not miss about living in Florida!  It was always gross having to wash them off of the car!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago

Steve - It's a real pain in the butt! You have to constantly wash your car or just don't drive :-)

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

John,

Keep them up there. We don't have them yet - and want to keep it that way. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Steve - Think of how clean your car would be if you had to wash it every day :-)

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

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