FUN FACTS ABOUT LOVEBUGS
These pesky little creatures come around in large numbers creating chaos, awkward conversations between parents and small kids, and generally annoying everyone around them. Sounds a little like Spring Breakers, doesn’t it? 😊 Maybe so, but today we are talking about Lovebugs.
Let’s take a fun, factful, and light-hearted look at these pests. Oh, and just for the record, they are actually flies.
Why Are They Called “Lovebugs”?
Covered in the romantic colors of red and black, they’re called lovebugs (a.k.a. double-headed bugs, honeymoon flies, telephone bugs and kissybugs) because of their mating habits. Typically, you see lovebugs attached together in pairs.
They Have A One-Track Mind
Most people notice lovebugs at the adult stage. These annoying pests make a quick but impactful appearance 2x a year, generally in May and September. Their focus is to find a mate as quickly as possible as they flit in the air coupling for 12 hours straight without a care in the world! Basically, they only live long enough to eat nectar, copulate, lay eggs, and die.
Pretty good life…for a bug.
Rush Hour Is Their Favorite Time Of Day
Females fly into swarms of the hovering males, typically from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. The bigger the swarm the better.
Males hang out in places where they know females will soon appear. Similar to a ladies’ night at the local pub. Up to eight males compete for one female. When they mate, they must stay locked in an embrace. The male then dies and is dragged around by the female. Interesting power play.
Not The Smartest Bug In The Swarm
Sadly (maybe?), they don’t know enough to get out of our way. And since they are attracted to heat and exhaust fumes, they typically find themselves at death’s door by smashing into our car’s windshield and grill.
Free-spirited But Annoying
They don’t bite, sting, or transmit diseases. Nor are they poisonous. And they don’t bother to eat mosquitos or other bugs – only vegetation, pollen, and nectar. However, they can be disgusting and a real nuisance, flying into your hair, face, food, and your glass of wine!
They know how to live for the moment. Carpe Diem!
Powerful Little Rascals
The remains of love bugs can eat through a car’s finish. They can also seriously affect your visibility while driving since their swarms slam into your windshield at high speeds. They get into the car’s grill and radiator. In extreme cases, they can interfere with the engine’s airflow and cause the car to overheat.
If you notice a lovebug infestation – whether it’s on your car or in your home – note that female adult lovebugs can only live for three to six days, so your infestation will likely die out naturally on its own.
While annoying, lovebugs are beneficial as larvae because they help to decompose dead plant material.
Most pest control companies do not treat for lovebugs, including Larue.
Our best advice? Drink wine inside your pool cage, get your car washed more frequently, and just wait it out. Their visit is brief.
For other types of pest control in Fort Myers or surrounding areas, contact Larue. We know just what to do!
Contact us, 239-334-0880