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Old 08-16-2017, 04:46 PM   #1
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Love Bugs!!!

Everyone needs to get ready. I saw love bugs yesterday and today in South Alabama.
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Everyone needs to get ready. I saw love bugs yesterday and today in South Alabama.
So what is the big deal about pink Volkswagons?
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I hate love bugs. Especially if i am n my Goldwing. Ugh!
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The answer is ammonia in a spray bottle it will melt the basrards (just reapply wax afterwards)
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Years ago I used to spray "PAM" non stick on the front of my KW.. then just hose them off each day
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They're out in force here in south east Texas as well. A fresh wax job works the best to make them not stick quite as bad. But even with wax, they are hard to get off if you leave them too long. They have acid for blood and will eat through the clearcoat if you don't get them off fairly quickly. I've found that a damp dryer sheet(s) works well to clean them off.
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Rejex on the front and they practically come off with a spray of the hose.
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Oh Lord, Run!

I'm a (current) Californian. I spent 34 days in Hattiesburg Miss after hurricane Katrina helping run a base camp for relief efforts. We were introduced to these "love bugs".

Oh, the young rookies in the station today don't believe the stories this old veteran tells about the carnage on the highway. About the sound of heavy rain pelting the windshield, except it was bugs by the thousands. About the unimaginable smell of the gas station windshield-washer buckets, 6 inches deep in dead bugs.

I left Mississippi with a deep, deep fear of love bugs...
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Rejex on the front and they practically come off with a spray of the hose.
I will be doing this just prior to our maiden trip in September.

It is starting to get to the point here in South Alabama that we have to knock the Love Bugs off the doors before coming inside.
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Instead of going South and West this year on our fall trip, we are going North but still in the US (Houlton, Maine) and New Brunswick, maybe. Skeeters and black flies, possibly. Last year we had those dratted love bugs splattered so heavily on the front of our 5er it was virtually black instead of gray even with daily cleanups. Dryer sheets and Rejex were ready for this year but at least the Rejex can be saved for next year. Regular wax, I've found, only helps a tiny bit and after a heavy dose of bug guts and subsequent scrubbing, needs to be reapplied (in 98 degree/90% weather - nahhh). I recall my dad's TT and big ol' Ford LTD and him trying to clean off the guts strained through the screens.

Then to make travel in the South even more fun, add in stink bugs which must also be 'arriving'. I am still finding an occasional dried out body from last years trip.
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Rejex on the front and they practically come off with a spray of the hose.
"practically"????
Their ad says nothing sticks but the shine. Maybe love bugs don't "stick" but they sure hang on tight!
I was station at JAX in the 70's before all the self service gas stations. They would charge 25¢ for cars and $1.00 for big trucks to clean the w/s.
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As noted above, the key is getting them off quickly. Once baked on, they can be tough to get off.
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Everyone needs to get ready. I saw love bugs yesterday and today in South Alabama.

Don't you just "Love'm"! Every May and late August or early Sept. Not a good time to do any painting...especially white!!
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While cooking a pizza on my smoker yesterday a wave of love bugs came in and it was terrible. They was lighting on our faces and everything they could. Our Yorkie was having a fit with them getting on her. I put out two fans to blow them away and it killed a lot of them. Then a quick storm rolled in and they was all gone.
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