If you are not a Floridian, the idea that bugs can cause actual mechanical damage to cars seems far-fetched, but residents of the Sunshine state know better. Those informed are quick to remove evidence of lovebugs off cars, campers and boats, which usually means dozens of dead bodies.
The tiny red and black insects live up to their names this time of year, and in their rush to find another bug and mate in-flight (hence their name), they die in great numbers. So many bugs means so many bug bodies, strewn across any vehicle not garaged.
Experts point out that the damage is more than unsightly; it can ruin car exteriors and mechanical parts.
The bugs seem to most commonly appear in streaks across the front of cars, either bumpers or grills. These swaths of dead insects should be removed that day, because as their bodies decompose, the fatty tissue can actually eat through the paint when exposed to the sun.
Because of where they show up, the bugs can also clog the tiny passages in radiators, and lead to overheating. In trucks, they can do major damage if they enter the refrigeration system.
Lovebugs are, however, helpful to the ecosystem and not dangerous in any other way.