Asked on May 06, 2019

How do I get rid of love bugs?

by Conniewilkins

I live in Florida and my house is white but with all the love bugs it’s black and you can’t even open the door to get in. My neighbors also have white houses but no love bugs

  7 answers
  • Karen Brunck Karen Brunck on May 06, 2019

    Hi Connie. Annoying, messy, but harmless, unless you're a vehicle. They will be gone in a few weeks. They must like your landscape plants better than your neighbors.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 06, 2019

    hELLO CONNIE, MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR NEIGHBOUR! Compliment her on the way her house although white like yours, seems to be clear of the pests that plague your house............... You never know, She may tell you the secret!!

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on May 06, 2019 more info. Here are a few natural—yet effective—ways to get rid of lovebugs in your home…

    Insect spray on your door: Spray your entire door with an all-natural insect spray. This will keep them off your door and potentially kill them as well.

    Blow them away with a fan: Turn up the ceiling fan to keep them from flying inside the house.

    Light some mosquito candles: Light a bunch of mosquito repellent candles inside your house or in your porch to drive them away.

    Make your own insect spray: Did you know you can make your own insect spray? Yup, you can. Mix warm water with a citrus-scented detergent, like an orange or lemon dish soap. Add a splash of mouthwash to the mixture, and then shake it well. Put in spray bottle, and start spraying your plants and the walls of your house with it. Bugs will leave these areas alone. NOTE: This idea gets a lot of good feedback from our readers! Check out this comment for a more specific formula you can mix up.

    Use a vacuum cleaner: Sucking them in with a vacuum cleaner is probably the easiest way to get rid of love bugs, and fun too! Use this in confined areas to control swarming and piling.

    Always keep your lawn mowed: Love bug larvae grow in thatch. Thatch is that layer of living and dead organic matter that occurs between the green matter and the soil surface of your grass. So this means you need to cut your grass regularly to prevent it from growing long and producing too much thatch. When you mow, cut off only the top one-third of the grass to reduce possible breeding grounds for love bugs.

    To get them off your car, try these ideas…

    Cooking spray on your car: Use a thin layer of cooking spray on the front and side mirrors of your car before you drive. This will help make removing the insects much easier. After driving, immediately get a water hose and flush down the splattered insects from your car…the sooner you get them off, the better!

    Wax your car: Some car waxes are specially formulated to reduce the effects of splattered insects. Wax your car right before the start of love bug season to reduce their deleterious effects.

  • Conniewilkins Conniewilkins on May 06, 2019

    Thank you I have been using the spray and a leaf blower still can’t enter my home now they are in layers

  • Richard Richard on May 11, 2019

    If you live near a farm; then that's were their from. The local laws may forbid harming them. Even some governments used them for pest control. Check with the local agriculture rep or government office for the best solution. Their harmless just unsightly.

  • Linda Wright Linda Wright on May 11, 2020

    Linda May 12, 2020

    What is the parts per mixture of the detergent, mouthwash and hot water. Need to mix in a 2 gallon sprayer. I like Connie have a ton of these bugs. Thx

  • Michael Byrd jr. Michael Byrd jr. on Aug 28, 2020

    warm water with a splash of baby oil in a white bucket and put baby oil all over the bucket will kill them but then you'll have dispose of the bodies elsewhere