LOVE BUGS: The bugs we love to hate

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It’s that dreaded time of year in Florida when love bugs take over.

At Diamond Detailing in Tampa, they are busy keeping cars love bug free. The tiny bugs can be a big pain and Miguel Perez told us people just want their cars clean.

“They’re everywhere. You’re going to find it in your radiator, you’re going to find it in your headlight,” he said.

And they need to be cleaned.

“It’s going to ruin your paint job, your clear coat and go from there and it leads up to rust,” Perez added.

Love bugs are actually a species of the “march” fly. They come around twice a year – first between April and May and then again in August and September.

Experts say DO NOT use your windshield wipers as it will squish them and cause their acid blood to ooze out on the glass and if they are dead, you will ruin the wipers and possibly scratch the glass.

So expect details shops to stay busy. Because love it or hate it, the love bugs are here to stay. Well…for at least four to five weeks at a time twice a year.

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