How to Keep Love Bugs From Sticking to Paint

Written by axl j. amistaadt
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Most critters won't eat adult love bugs, possibly because they smell so bad. The love bug's major natural enemies appear to be moving vehicles, which slaughter the stinky pests by the millions. This wouldn't be a bad thing, except for the thick, gooey mess remaining on your car's windshield, bonnet, radiator and bumper. Even worse, if the acidic body fluids and egg sacs aren't removed within two or three days, the result is permanent etching and pitting of your paint job. Scrubbing love bug remains from a painted surface is a tough task, and typically requires plenty of your time and elbow grease. Treating the paint makes the job much easier and a little more tolerable.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Plastic scrubbing sponge
  • Heavy towel
  • Car Wax
  • Aerosol cooking spray
  • Soft dry cloth
  • Dawn hand dishwashing liquid
  • Cooking oil or baby oil (optional)

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  1. 1

    Wash your car. Use a plastic scrubbing sponge to remove love bug remains.

  2. 2

    Soak a heavy towel with water and lay it on top of stubborn bug remains. Allow it to soak for several minutes. This rehydrates and softens the hard, dried bodies and makes them easier to remove. Rinse very well and allow the car's surface to dry completely.

  3. 3

    Wax your car as usual. Waxing helps protect the paint from love bugs and makes them easier to remove.

  4. 4

    Treat the areas of your car that typically collect love bug remains with aerosol cooking spray. Spritz the hood, front fenders, grill, headlights and radiator. Avoid getting any of the oil on your windshield.

  5. 5

    Wipe away any excess oil with a soft, dry cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • You can spread a thin coat of regular cooking oil or baby oil on your car's love bug-prone surfaces if you don't have any aerosol oil. Wipe away the excess oil with a soft, dry cloth.
  • Use Dawn hand dishwashing liquid in warm water to remove the oil from your car the next time you wash it.
  • Remove love bugs from painted surfaces as soon as you possibly can. The longer the material remains on the paint, the more likely it is to cause permanent damage.

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