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Old 04-26-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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Just wondering if anyone else has been bothered yet. Just noticed them the other day they are all over my yard and at first wasnt for sure what they were since this is our first spring here. For those of you who remember me from other posts my family and I made it down this fall and bought a house near 52. I love it and was a little worried at first due to all the negative posts I seen before moving but we couldnt be happier!!! Now, for the first experience with these nasty little bugs! LOL.
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:26 PM
 
Location: St. Pete
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I haven't seen any. Where exactly do you live?
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I have seen a few (Tampa Palms)
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Just wondering if anyone else has been bothered yet. Just noticed them the other day they are all over my yard and at first wasnt for sure what they were since this is our first spring here. For those of you who remember me from other posts my family and I made it down this fall and bought a house near 52. I love it and was a little worried at first due to all the negative posts I seen before moving but we couldnt be happier!!! Now, for the first experience with these nasty little bugs! LOL.
I think you will find they seem to be attracted to the color white. White houses and cars....I've seen the fronts of white semi trailers turned black with them when crossing the states open woodlands. Get them off your car everday or they will eat the paint right off. There is a chemical in them that will go right through the clear coat. Yep they be nasty critters. I personally would rather deal with a 12' gator.
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Anyone know the history of these pests? I heard it was an experiment back in the 1950's. They wanted to find something that would eat mosquitos. Someone brought the lovebugs over from Japan. Some escaped and they have not only flurished here, but the don't eat the mosquitos they were suppose to do.
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Lovebug - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
They are actually more attracted to carbon monoxide gas, hence the reason they prefer to hang near highways and are less prevalent in rural or less congested areas.
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Urban legend holds that lovebugs are synthetic — the result of a University of Florida genetics experiment gone wrong[3]. Speculation about the lovebug abounds. This is partly due to the fact that this insect is an unseen beneficial (lives and feeds in the thatch of grasses) for most of the year. As a result, most scientists are not as concerned with the details of this insect's life cycle, biology and other facets of its existence as they are with more serious pests. For example, while various fungi are known or suspected of being natural controls for this species,[1] time and funding do not allow for more study, except as a side interest.
Research of L. L. Buschman showed that migration explained the introduction of the lovebug into Florida and other southeastern states, contrary to the urban myth that the University of Florida imported them to help control the mosquito population.[4]"
Interesting reading.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:17 AM
 
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None where I live
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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We live in pasco county the entrance to our subdivison is on 52. They are just in our yard and we have no white!!!. Not even our cars. Its crazy, I havent checked our neighbors to see if they have them yet but I havent seen them anywhere else either....weird.
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:46 AM
 
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I've seen them in Ruskin for the last few days.
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Old 04-30-2009, 11:39 PM
 
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I spotted my first ones in Bartow today.
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