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I saw my first one...or pair flying around yesterday. Billions and billions are on the way real soon :help:

The pesky love bug season is real close. That's why I wanted to try out the Zaino product & hope the added protection will help keep the damage at zero.

Us southerners are used to the twice a year hatches of these critters that love (to hook up) and hang out along the highways & intersections, smash themselves on our cars and eat the paint off the front ends.


What Bugs You ?


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OMG... that's nasty! ewww... I only accumulate bugs when I go on road trips, but even then, it's NEVER as bad as what you posted. Gross.

Not with respect to my Acadia's front end... but the bugs that bug me are JUNE BUGS. They totally freak me out. I'm afraid they'll get in my hair.

 

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Yuck! That's as bad as the caterpillar mess that we get all over the sides of our cars. It's very tough to clean off.
Can we use PAM on cars? Just kidding! I use PAM for squeaky doors, it works. I would imagine waxing a car before the yucky bug season may help a bit. I use to have a car Bra (not sure on the proper name) on my Mustang your post made me wonder if they had them for Acadia. Look what I just found, Check this out!


http://catalog.vacleartech.com/partquery/search

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WOW!! :eek: :eek: That's insane! I've never heard of/seen such a thing! Since when has this been going on?? I swear that's got to be THE most annoying thing to ever happen to ANY car. What part of the world is this going on....it's like the attack of the killer love bugs!

MAN!! I can't get over looking at those pictures!!!! That's definitely seems like more than just a minor bug problem...........
 

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lee said:
Yuck! That's as bad as the caterpillar mess that we get all over the sides of our cars. It's very tough to clean off.
Can we use PAM on cars? Just kidding! I use PAM for squeaky doors, it works. I would imagine waxing a car before the yucky bug season may help a bit. I use to have a car Bra (not sure on the proper name) on my Mustang your post made me wonder if they had them for Acadia. Look what I just found, Check this out!


http://catalog.vacleartech.com/partquery/search

Lee
That is some cool stuff, but is sure is expensive!!
 

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WOW!! :eek: :eek: That's insane! I've never heard of/seen such a thing! Since when has this been going on?? I swear that's got to be THE most annoying thing to ever happen to ANY car. What part of the world is this going on....it's like the attack of the killer love bugs!

MAN!! I can't get over looking at those pictures!!!! That's definitely seems like more than just a minor bug problem...........
From the web:
The love bug (also known as lovebug, march fly, honeymoon fly, telephone bug, kissybug and double-headed bug) (scientific name Plecia nearctica) is a small flying insect common to the southern United States, especially along the Gulf Coast. It is most often known as a serious nuisance to motorists.

It was first described in 1940 by D. E. Hardy of Galveston, Texas. At that time, he reported the incidence of love bugs to be widespread, but most common in Texas and Louisiana. By the end of the 20th century, however, it had spread heavily to all areas bordering the Gulf of Mexico, as well as Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and other parts of Central America. L. A. Hetrick, writing in 1970, found it very widespread in Florida and described its flights as reaching altitudes of 300 m to 450 m and extending several kilometers over the Gulf.

Its character as a public nuisance is due not to its bite or sting (as it is not capable of either) but to its apparently highly acidic body chemistry. Because airborne love bugs are drawn in enormous numbers to roadways, they die en masse on automobile windshields, hoods, and radiator grills. If left for more than an hour or two, the remains become dried and extremely difficult to remove, and their acidity pits and etches automotive paint and chrome [1]. Scrubbing deceased love bugs off the front of one's car immediately after the evening rush hour is a twice-yearly ritual for commuters in the Gulf South. The use of dryer sheets makes cleaning love bugs off your car much easier.
 

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LOL I hit up Wikipedia right after I posted too....good stuff.

I especially like how they "die en masse on automobile windshields, hoods, and radiator grills." ;D
So how can a dryer sheet really aid in cleaning up?? Seems a little harsh to be scrubbing against that metallic paint!
 

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Dryer sheets are made of rendered animal fat, JSYK.
 

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Not too many years ago a ran into a locus of grasshoppers in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. (you look at a gas station and from bottom to almost the top grasshoppers everywhere. Laughlin, Nevada..... grasshoppers all over the place, you walk into the casino and you can't get in without stepping on them. Wierd Wierd Wierd!! :eek:hno: :eek:hno:
 

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Ok they are here.

Today was the first swarm big enough to get in the path of your car. My wife went out of town and came back with a pretty light coat of Love Bugs.

Just last night I washed her (Cadia not Wife) and put a coat of Zaino Z-6 & Z-8. Today it got plastered.

I washed the front end and tomorrow will put another coat of Z-CS on for more protection.

These puppys will eat the paint off if left on. >:D
 

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Where you at Racefla? I'm in Ocala, just drove to Bonifay (in the panhandle) and back yesterday, I-75 and I-10. Didn't see one lovebug! Driving to Pensacola next Friday though, and I figured the bugs will be out then. Wish our bug deflector would get here to see if it helps or not.
 

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Where you at Racefla? I'm in Ocala, just drove to Bonifay (in the panhandle) and back yesterday, I-75 and I-10. Didn't see one lovebug! Driving to Pensacola next Friday though, and I figured the bugs will be out then. Wish our bug deflector would get here to see if it helps or not.
I'm just a couple hours down US27 from you.
 

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Ever hear of "Mayflies"? I went to the mountains in central PA last weekend and quess what was hatching? Mayflies! I guess that's why the call them Mayflies here in PA. I have no idea what the technical name is. but, there were bugs all over the front of my Acadia. There was good news however, the trout also responded well to the hatch of Mayflies. A great weekend for flyfishing! Fresh trout, cold beer and bugs on my bumper. That's a good trade off in my book. :cheers: :cheers:
 

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Yes the Mayflies are hatching here as well and will continue with the moon phases all summer.

Thankfully they like to hang around water and not roads & highways, so not a threat to smash into car front ends.
We live on a lake so anywhere there is a light at night will be covered with them in the morning. When you get into the car there are usually a handful that get inside from hitchhiking on your person.

You are correct about fishing. With the right breeze taking them out over water, can cause an explosion of fish jumping around for a free feast.
 

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