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Lovebug season arrives on the Suncoast

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Love bug season has returned here on the Suncoast. 

A viewer sent us a video of her home completely invaded by love bugs in Sarasota. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with love bugs, here are some tips and facts about love bugs from the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. 

  • Love bugs are attracted to light colored surfaces, especially those that have been freshly painted.
  • They are also attracted to exhaust fumes, which explains why they like to congregate along busy roads.
  • After mating, females will lay about 350 eggs and then die within 3-4 days.
  • Love bugs are most active between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Love bugs can damage your car's paint if not washed off within a week. (to clean off, soak with water, then use cotton rag to scrub them off)
  • Love bugs can also clog radiators and cause your vehicle to overheat. 
  • The love bug outbreak soon spread southward, crossing deep into Mississippi and Alabama, and finally reaching Florida in 1947.
  • They have since migrated northward, reaching from Georgia to South Carolina.
  • Love bugs have two key outbreaks in population a year: once during April–May and the next in August–September.

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