How to Remove Love Bugs with these Auto Detail Tips
Last week, we wrote a blog called “Fight Pollen with an Express Car Wash at Lux,” since pollen is in the air this spring. In this blog, we are going to discuss another pesky thing that shows up in the spring. If you haven’t seen love bugs yet, you are about to. Any day now, they will be climbing all over your car, having dates with other love bugs, and going everywhere with you. They will even have a full life on your car and die there happily. And while they’re harmless creatures to you, they can be really harmful to your car. After all, the acidity in their body can cause your car’s paint to peel. So what do you do? How do you prevent love bugs from staying on your car and, worse yet, decomposing? Here are our top auto detail tips:
Regularly Wash Your Car
As a rule, always wash your car when you get the chance. And we don’t mean that you should be washing your car every time you have a work break or a school break or just nothing to do. What we do mean is that you should wash your car regularly. Typically, washing the car at least once a month is ideal, but during love bug season, it’s a good idea to wash the car at least once a week. This auto detail is especially important to follow when you see love bugs on your car. The longer you wait to clean them off, the more likely they are going to decompose and ruin the paint.
Use a Bug Cleaner and Microfiber Cloth
It is best to take your car to a professional car wash, especially when you see dead love bugs on your car. Why? Because car washes typically have the best tools and products that are safe for your car and its paint. Meaning that when you have a stuck love bug on your car’s bumper, the car wash can gently remove it without letting the paint peel off with it.
However, if you prefer washing your car yourself, be sure to avoid regular household cleaning products and tools; these include: regular soap, detergents, sponges, towels, rags, Windex, and the like. While these products might clean things around your house, they are too harsh for a car and its delicate paint.
What you’ll need to get are two microfiber cloths, a high quality, biodegradable car detergent, and a biodegradable degreaser. Microfiber cloths are fine and soft, which makes them ideal for washing cars since they can’t scratch the paint or glass, and the reason you should purchase car products that are biodegradable is because it is illegal in the state of Florida to let chemically-filled soapy water down storm drains. We recommend SuperClean Cleaner-Degreaser, which is biodegradable, to use when removing love bugs.
When removing love bugs, be sure to spray your car with water first and then apply the degreaser over the love bugs. Let the product sit for a few minutes, until the bugs are softened, and then take the microfiber cloth and wipe the bugs off. They should come off easy, and if they don’t, you’re doing something wrong and should stop before you ruin your car.
Afterwards, be sure to wash your car and remove any degreaser residue.
Wax Your Car or Use a Paint Sealant Treatment
Although you can’t exactly get rid of love bugs, you can prevent them from sticking to your car. The easiest ways are getting your car waxed or using a paint sealant treatment. Both methods make your car’s paint slippery, which force the love bugs to slide off.
These simple yet effective auto detail tips should help you remove love bugs safely from your car without damaging the paint.