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Old 05-30-2007, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Default Tip For Love Bug Removal

Yesterday I drove East out Fruitville Rd. in Sarasota, almost to Myakka. For those of you not familiar with this area, it is a 2 lane road out in the middle of next to nowhere.

I have lived in FL since the early '80's and have never seen the Love Bugs this bad. My windshield was so plastered I could hardly see, and there was a good inch thick layer on my front bumper.

Being much too lazy to wash my car when I got home, I left it until this morning. I was dreading scrubbing those blasted bugs off. Then I remembered a tip that someone told me a few weeks ago. I laughed when I heard it, but I tried it anyway.

I was told that if I got the bugs wet and then wiped them with a used dryer sheet they would come right off. My friend was right! After I blasted as much of them off with the hose as I could I grabbed a couple of old dryer sheets out of the trash can in the laundry room. They ABSOLUTELY just wipe right off-windshield, backs of the mirrors, hood. The bumper took 2 sheets, but they were gone in less than 5 minutes.

I am now wondering why nobody told me this 20 years ago. I just thought I would share.
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Old 05-30-2007, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Thank you. I'm going to pass this on to my dad!
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Old 05-30-2007, 09:50 AM
 
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Hmm, I am thinking that dryer sheets might be a bit too abrasive.
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Old 05-30-2007, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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A wet used dryer sheet is pretty soft. Even dry it would not be as abrasive as the things I have used over the years to scrub away Love Bugs.
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Old 05-30-2007, 03:45 PM
 
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Default Mr. Clean

Ever since the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser came out, I use that on all my cars, no scrubbing, it won't scratch the car as its a sponge.........1,2,3, bugs all gone
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Old 05-30-2007, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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Info from the state: Lovebugs in Florida (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/BODY_MG068 - broken link)

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/BODY_MG068 (broken link)
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Old 05-30-2007, 07:23 PM
 
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Wd-40 Works Really Good Also!
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:56 AM
 
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Wd-40 Works Really Good Also!
Thanks!
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:44 AM
 
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If have a good wax on your car then getting them wet enough, to soften them, for a period of time they should just wipe off with about any kind of cloth. I personally would follow that up with "Meguiar's Ultimate Detailer".
That's all WD40 is doing, getting them soft enough to wipe off ?!?!?
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Old 05-31-2007, 12:56 PM
 
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Wd-40 Works Really Good Also!
Pam cooking spray helps too.
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