Why Are Lovebugs Such a Hazard?
Although love bugs don’t bite or sting humans, they can cause harm in several other ways -- most notably to your car. Here are the most common ways lovebugs can be a hazard:
They can affect your visibility while driving. Because they swarm cars so thickly, they can create clouds that can seriously impair your driving visibility. Make sure you drive carefully during their popular mating months, and if you notice swarms of love bugs on your car while you’re driving, slow down or pull over.
They cause damage to your car’s engine. While you’re driving, love bugs can enter the radiator of your car, clogging your vehicle parts. In extreme cases, they can coat the car's grill to disrupt the engine's airflow, and cause the car to overheat. Yikes!
They can damage your car’s paint. What’s more, they can cause even more damage even if they’re already dead. The remains of lovebugs can damage the paint on your car because hours in the sun can cause their bodies to turn acidic. To avoid this, be sure to rinse and remove the lovebugs on the surface of your car within a day.
How can I protect my car from damages?
The best thing that you can do to protect your vehicle is to prevent the damage in the first place. How do you do that? By applying a heavy coat of car wax to the front of your vehicle. Some would recommend applying the wax about once every couple of weeks. If lovebugs have damaged your car's paint give M.T. Collision Center of Orlando a call.