Hacks to battle lovebug season

May 15th, 2019 by

Lovebug season… two words that strike dread into the hearts of Floridians. These pesky bugs may only show up for a few months a year throughout the Southeast, but a few months is more than enough for them to do major damage to your car. Toyota of Orlando is here with auto service hacks to help you battle lovebug season with no damage to your vehicle (or your sanity). Let’s get started!

How can such a small bug do so much damage to your ride?

First, let’s talk about lovebugs themselves. There’s a big myth that the University of Florida created them and then released them by accident, but these annoying insects actually hail from South and Central America. They don’t bite or sting, and they don’t do damage to plants or crops during their brief appearances. They tend to swarm in the Southeastern states but we see the worst of them in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama. They even have their uses – their larvae feed on decomposing plant and animal matter, so they help when it comes to natural recycling. However, they’re a nuisance and because they’re very acidic and hard to wash off, they can do major damage to the paint on your car.

Toyota of Orlando’s tips for handling lovebug season

So, how do you protect your ride? Check out some of our Orlando Toyota service suggestions to protect your vehicle from lovebug damage.

  • Apply a good coat of wax, and then apply another. This creates a barrier between your car and the bugs, so they’re less likely to eat away at the paint after they splatter onto it.
  • Try spraying your car with cooking oil or baby oil before you hit the road. This makes your vehicle slick so it’s easier to spray the dead bugs off. But be careful and be sure to check with our Orlando Toyota service techs before you try this method – some oils don’t play well with some paints, and you don’t want to damage your ride further. Additionally, using oil means you’ll have to use a little elbow grease to get it off so you don’t leave streaks on your car.
  • Wash your car every day as soon as you get home. The longer you leave the dead lovebugs on there, the more apt they are to do damage to your car’s paint (and they’re way harder to scrub off if you’ve left them on for a while).
  • Try using a dryer sheet. If you rinse the front of your car and gently scrub it with a dryer sheet, the bug corpses should come right off.
  • Invest in a car mask, grille filter, or even a windscreen to prevent the bugs from ever reaching your car’s paint.
  • Plan long-distance trips after sundown – they’re a lot less likely to swarm after this point in the day.

Need a little help in the paint department already? Call us at Toyota of Orlando! Our body shop techs can get your car looking like new in no time. You can reach us today at (407) 298-0001.

 

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