Ahh…..the lovebug!As you drive down the highways, you may encounter a nuisance in the form of splattered insects on your windshield, hood, and radiator grill. The nuisance may occur in joined pairs that are less than an inch long. Lovebugs can be a big hazard while driving. They love to swarm near roadways and as a result, cars that have driven through the clouds of these insects end up with decreased visibility and a need for a serious car wash! Although referred to as bugs these insects are actually flies. These insects often end up splatted on your windshield and front grill. Many of the cars coming off the highway are covered in insect gunk
They’re more closely related to biting midges and mosquitoes rather than other common bugs like grasshoppers or termites. Their bodies are black with redheads, and they’re usually seen in pairs. The lovebug (Plecia nearctica Hardy) is a species of fly that happens to flutter about as a male and female attached together. Both sexes are a dull black with a red blotch just behind the head.
Annoying to drive, they can swarm so thickly that driving through a cloud of lovebugs may impair your visibility while driving. There have been claims that the lovebug gunk, when left on the car, will etch the paint on a car. At times, the mating of lovebugs become so abundant in an area that they become a serious traffic hazard.
But why are they attracted to roads and vehicles? Lovebugs are attracted to automobile exhaust that has been irradiated with UV light (i.e., sunlight). It has been proposed that the chemicals in car exhaust, aldehydes and formaldehyde, are similar to the chemicals released by decaying organic matter.Even heat is an attractant for lovebugs and heats radiating off asphalt may be attracting these insects. They love to swarm on automobiles as it a very good attractant for them.
Let us look at some evidence:
The pesky lovebug invades the Pine Belt during its fall mating season
7th September 2017, Hattesburg American
Lovebugs. It seems like they’re everywhere these days hovering in tall grass, swarming around light-colored objects, smashing into the car windshield.”
This is the normal time of year for them to emerge and breed,” said Mike Davis, University of Southern Mississippi associate professor in biology and director of Lake Thoreau Environmental Center. ”
“They’re a pest,” Davis said. “They fly in your mouth when you’re mowing the grass and they fly into your car, but they’re not an agricultural pest.
Lovebug population unusually high, may linger longer than normal
Sep 01, 2017, Arklatex homepage.com
It’s not your imagination, the lovebug population is unusually high throughout the ArkLaTex this summer.
“I’ve just never seen them all over the place, in every crack, crevice and just all over, it’s kind of nuts,” said Linc Farrington, who we caught up with at a car wash in Bossier City.
The combination of a mild winter and perfect growing season without drought has the insects out in full force.
“Been a good season for grass, so it’s a good season for lovebugs,” says LSU Ag Center Entomologist, Bentley Fitzpatrick, from the Red River Research Station in Bossier Parish.
What can be done when such unwanted guest is invading on our vehicles.
The current methods which are being used to combat against such pests are fumigation and toxic pesticides to combat against this pest menace. Fumigation is tedious and expensive.
Actually, Lovebugs are beneficial, they take care of the decaying plant matter and feed on that. These pesticides kill the target as well as non-target species.
This problem needs to addressed immediately.
We have a solution for you!!!
We at C Tech Corporation offer a solution TermirepelTM which is a non-toxic,non-hazardous additive that helps to keeps the lovebugs away from the vehicles. It is a broad spectrum repellent which works against almost 500 species of pestering bugs thus efficaciously keeping them away from the application.
Our products are available in masterbatch, liquid concentrate(which can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio) and lacquer. To repel these insects the product can be coated on the automobiles in liquid concentrate or lacquer form. The masterbatch can be incorporated in polymer applications of automobiles to keep the pests away. The products work on the mechanism of repellence and do harm or kill the target species. The repelling mechanism of the product of the product would ward off lovebugs any other insects that could prove a nuisance to drivers and motorists.
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