SARASOTA (WWSB) - They’re here and they’re everywhere. Lovebugs are mating and getting all over your car.
“They’re annoying, I have to wash my car three times a week,” said Daniel Diego, who took his truck out for a wash just to be safe than sorry.
“The lovebugs are sticky! They stick to my car so I have to wash up my truck,” he said.
Lovebugs are everywhere in the Suncoast. ABC7 viewers sent us videos and pictures of love bugs lingering around a cars and homes. That’s why many like Diego spent their Saturday, where else? At the car wash.
“For the past two weeks, we’ve been non-stop,” said Robby Long, manager at Johnny’s Car Wash.
Business is up at Johnny’s this month. Cars lined up since the early morning, in order to get those very dreaded bugs off cars as soon as possible. That’s why reinforcement was necessary.
“More staff every day,” said Long. “We’re working guys overtime so everybody can stay busy. It’s also good for them.”
He says this is helping revenue.
“This is a last good quick before summer,” he said.
Lovebugs appear twice a year, in May and in September. The best thing to do is act fast because they can easily damage the paint in your car.
So what should you do if your car is full of splattered love bugs?
“Get them off so they don’t damage your car. You spend so much on a vehicle now, you’re talking about repainting the front end of your car, it’s a lot of money,” said Long.
There’s also some things you should avoid:
“People tell people to put Pam, and other stuff in their cars, don’t do that. Just make sure you take them off, as soon as possible,” he said.
Experts say lovebugs don’t really cause a problem, they’re just a nuisance. They’re good for helping the Ecosystem by eating decaying plant matter.