Are lovebugs giving you heartache this season? If you’re struggling to keep your car clean during lovebug season, you’re not alone. Here, we’ve provided a detailed resource on how to remove love bugs from your car.
In general, lovebugs will be easier to remove from your car if you keep it clean and protected year-round. You can do this in the following ways:
- Regular application of wax
- Ceramic seal
- Bug prep solutions prior to washing
All these methods can be used as a solution to the short-term lovebug problem, or as a long-term strategy to protect your paint all the time.
When lovebug season strikes, a good wash with bug prep solution, followed by a coat of wax is a great first step. However, it’s not the most efficient way to protect your paint. Keep reading to learn all you ever needed to know about lovebugs!
What is the Easiest Way to get Lovebugs off Your Car?
The easiest way to get lovebugs off your paint is to keep the paint protected year-round. This makes the cleaning process much easier when lovebug season is in full swing. You can protect your car and make the cleaning process easier by making wax and ceramic seal a regular part of your maintenance routine.
Wax Can Protect Your Paint
Wax is the most commonly used form of protection for the paint on a vehicle. It is generally easy to apply and can last for 8-12 weeks. It can be applied by hand, or mechanically in a car wash tunnel.
What most people don’t realize is that after 8 weeks or so, you’ll need to reapply it! Whether you do it by hand, or use an automatic car wash, it’s important to remember to reapply the wax. When there’s a coat of wax protecting your paint from the elements, the cleaning process is easier, regardless of what’s stuck to it.
Ceramic Will Seal Your Paint
If you’re looking for a higher degree of protection that lasts longer than wax, consider a ceramic seal. This is a polymer that will chemically bond to the paint on your vehicle and create a layer of protection between the paint and the outside world. Just like wax, ceramic can be applied by hand or via an automatic wash tunnel.
Ceramic seal is essentially a hard coat that can repel not only lovebugs, but also the dirt, grime, and grease from the road. It seals your paint job from the effects of acidic bird dropping, bug juice and even UV rays. You’ll even notice that it acts as a rain repellent as the water beads up and slides off!
Bug Prep Solution Can Loosen the Lovebugs Before Washing
Regardless of whether you have a protective coat on your car or not, bug prep spray is a great idea prior to washing. This type of product will soak into the bug remains and anything else that’s on the car. It can help loosen the debris, which will make the washing process much easier.
Once the spray has softened the tar and bug remains, you can proceed with your normal wash. If you’re washing at home, some hot water and a microfiber towel should do the trick. If you take your car to a car wash, the brushes in the tunnel should be able to remove the remains after they’ve been soaked with bug prep spray.
Why are Love Bugs so Bad for my Paint?
Lovebugs are terrible on vehicles because their bodies are acidic. When they get stuck to your vehicle’s paint, the acid leaks out and begins to etch the paint. What’s even worse is that bacteria will start to set in after about 48 hours, which speeds up the etching process.
Lovebugs are attracted to high temperatures, which is why they end up on every highway in Florida. The combination of acidic bug juice, high temperatures, and the baking sun doesn’t give your paint much of a chance. Keeping your car clean, protected, and sealed is the best defense!
Myths About Lovebugs
Before we close out, we want to bring you up to speed on a few things you definitely SHOULD NOT do to rid your car of those pesky lovebugs! Some “urban legends” about lovebugs include:
- Using WD-40 to remove them from your car
- Cooking oil as a cleaning agent for your paint
- Scrapers, steel wool and other abrasives
We probably don’t need to tell you this, but we’re going to anyway. DON’T DO THESE THINGS TO YOUR CAR! Substances like WD-40 and cooking oil can definitely help remove the bug juice from your paint, but at a much higher cost.
Cooking oil literally helps the sun bake the acidic bug bodies into your paint job. That’s why we use it for cooking! WD-40 is really acidic and should not be used on your car’s paint, either. Last, but not least, scraping anything across your paint job with a scraper or steel wool is just asking for damage!
Removing lovebugs from your car shouldn’t give you heart burn. It can be a simple process if you take good care of your car year-round. Add regular wax application and some ceramic seal to your routine maintenance and you’ll find that lovebugs aren’t such a chore after all!