Every March and September, the expression “spreading the love” takes on a whole new meaning. At the beginning of each Spring and Fall, love bugs come out in full force, wreaking havoc on windshields and bumpers.
They have nick-names like “kissey-bug” and “honeymoon fly” as they splat on your windshields, and pester you at the pool.
“The love bugs are much worse this year than the past couple of years I think primarily because of the tropical storms & hurricanes that we have not had blow through here that will normally blow ‘em out of the area, we haven’t had that. We’ve had good weather the past few weeks which has really kept em up here longer” said Ben Brown, owner of Gentle Touch Car Wash on West Main St. in Dothan.
Twice a year they come around, in Spring and Fall, causing damage to cars when left ignored.
“I really don’t care for love bugs too much, I’m trying to clean ‘em off my truck here today” said Dothan resident Theron Fondren.
Most people cannot make it to the car wash every day, but by taking a hose, soap and water and a sponge you can clean off your car before the bugs cause damage. If you leave them on more than a day or two they bake on and are much more difficult to remove.
But love bugs are not all bad news. During the months they aren’t mating they feed on dead vegetation and eventually provide nutrients to the soil, which prevents Thatch from ruining lawns. Also, they don’t bite!
Brown said, “Florida is the worst for love bugs they normally move up here into south Alabama and south Georgia after they’ve been in Florida for two to three weeks.”
Love bugs will not be out much longer though, with the next cold front they are expected to die out when it becomes less humid out.
James Aaron a Dothan said, “Love bugs are okay, because God made ‘em, God put everything here.”