Summer is finally on its way out the door, and that means that many of the pest concerns that we face during the hottest days of the year will soon no longer be an issue. Mosquito numbers will drop, ticks will be in hiding and our backyards will be much quieter once the cicadas return underground. Before we can leave the summer completely behind us, however, there is one seemingly harmless, maybe even sweet little bug we must be aware of: Lovebugs.

Despite their similar appearance to mosquitos, lovebugs present no direct threat to humans. They cannot bite or sting, and they’re not destructive bugs. But, despite their endearing name, they can still have a negative impact on our personal lives, and our ecosystem, if we’re not aware of the issues they do present. 

Lovebugs typically mate this time of year, and I’m sure you’ve at least noticed them on your errand runs. If you have, then it’s a good idea to inspect your car closely, as these critters tend to die and stick to the hood of your car, inside your car’s grill, and even on the windshield. If they stay there too long, their body chemistry becomes more and more acidic, meaning those pesky divots and chips on your car’s paint job are inevitable when you do finally clean them off.

Furthermore, this acidic biochemistry can be harmful to our ecosystem if it ends up in our Indian River Lagoon. Our friends at Lagoon Loyal recommend using a professional car wash, which usually features a dedicated draining system. If you’re trying to save a buck by washing your car at home, Lagoon Loyal suggests buying phosphate-free, biodegradable soap, and washing your car in your lawn instead of your driveway. Phosphate-free soap will not harm your grass or the larger environment, and your lawn will act as a filter to reduce the harmful runoff that can end up in the lagoon, which can affect the fish populations that live there. 

We believe at Green Wing that protecting the environment doesn’t always have to include a sacrifice on your part. Sometimes, just caring enough to be mindful about your habits is enough. 

Summer months and seasons changing to Fall mean you may notice an infestation of different pests, the first step is to call for an inspection. Call Now: (321) 499-9114  or fill out our contact form.

Life is good pest-free! 

Your bug guy,

Jeff Daniels