Love in the air – may be causing you problems with your car.
A pesky insect is out in force, forcing car owners to wash off before having to pay up.
Tiny insects are leaving their marks in what may be record numbers on cars across Florida.
Bob Goldman points to the 'Love Bugs' on the front of his car saying, “Whenever I drive on the roads in Florida this time of year, I expect Love Bugs, but this has been an unusually thick situation.”
Anywhere from a quarter of an inch to a third of an inch, these tiny bugs are hard to miss. After becoming an adult, a male and female will couple up and start the mating process. The insects are attracted to hot surfaces and car emissions – making their time together – short lived.
Goldman took his Love Bug infested car to the wash Wednesday morning.
Goldman said, "My car has never been covered so much with Love Bugs.”
Experts warn drivers if they don’t clean them off fast enough, they can damage your car.
Although its hard to prove – those familiar with the insect say it appears there are more Love Bugs out this fall than in recent memory.
Jan Peters from the FAMU Entomology Department said, “If you get enough of them they can actually block the radiator, but that’s an exception.”
Although the bugs are a nuisance for most – Love Bugs are harmless for humans --and will be gone soon enough.
Peters also said, “When it gets cold they’ll go away.”
Love Bugs are most common in the spring and again in the fall.