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Love bugs are back. Here's how keep them from wreaking havoc on your car

We have some tips on how to protect your car from the creatures.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — They’re here, they’re mating and they get all over your car: We’re talking about lovebugs. 

Now that they’re all up in your business, doing their business and getting all over your car here are some simple hacks to help you get ahead of them.

Lovebugs come out twice a year: May and September. 

If you've heard the rumor that they were created in a lab at the University of Florida, that’s not true. Lovebugs came from Central and South America. They swarm around highways because they are attracted to decomposing plants and confuse the chemical odors from the highway with them.

Plus, they enjoy the heat, mating when it’s 84 degrees or warmer outside.

Related: Just what is a lovebug?

So, what should you do if your car looks like a love bug graveyard?

Lovebugs are acidic so act fast. Get a car wash, put an extra layer of wax on as a protective layer, use a wet dryer sheet to swab off the bugs or a wet paper towel and soap. 

Studies showed that love bug populations are declining but they’re not sure why. 

As annoying as love bugs are, they are good for one thing in mother nature helping recycle decaying matter into organic matter.

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