Lovebugs and Kissing Bugs… These two bugs have names synonymous with Valentines Day. Despite their romantic names, they can also be a nuisance, and even pose a threat to your health or your property. Here’s what you need to know about our two Valentines Day Bugs; the Lovebug and the Kissing bug.
The name lovebug garners emotions of romantic adoration… Emotions synonymous with Valentines Day. Heck, some of us even use the term lovebug as a term of endearment for our significant others. The truth is there really isn’t a lot to love about these nuisance flying pests; at least not when they’re swarming. Two times every year, in early spring and late summer, lovebugs (Plecia nearctica) take flight in the millions. In some areas of the United States, swarms of lovebugs may even look like dark clouds. Lovebugs become nuisance insects when they swarm along the interstates and highways. Motorists may experience hundreds, if not thousands, of these bugs smashed on their car’s windshields, hoods, and radiator grills. After a short amount of times, these smashed lovebugs will dry onto a car and be very difficult to remove. In fact, lovebugs are actually very acidic; a trait that keeps them from being eaten by predators. The acid of the dead lovebugs on a car will actually result in pits and etchings in the car’s paint and chrome. In addition to ruining you car’s paint, they can also clog your radiator and engine. In addition to swarming on interstates and highways, lovebugs have been known to swarm in and around your home and property in more rural areas. As they’re looking to mate, lovebugs can stumble inside you home by the hundreds. Lovebugs get their name because they spend the majority of it’s life mating and copulating with it’s mate.
When I refer to a kissing bug, I’m not referring to some “bug” or illness you catch from kissing; so kiss away this Valentines Day! I’m referring to an insect that gives you kisses while you sleep at night… And not the type of kisses you want. Kissing bugs have a propensity to bite the faces and lips of unsuspecting humans as we sleep. These bites can cause welts, irritation, and even allergic reactions in more sever cases. The purpose of this blood meal, is that it is completely essential for male kissing bugs to reproduce and for the female kissing bug to lay eggs. Kissing Bugs (Triatominae) are also called conenose bugs, triamines, and assassin bugs. These bugs hide out together during the day, and search for blood at night. They rely on heat and odors to find their blood meals. We are most susceptible to these bug bites when we sleep. They are drawn to our houses by the lights at night.
This Valentines Day, skip the same ole same ole. Drop the flowers that die a few days later, ditch the chocolates, and give a gift that keeps on giving… Year round! I’m talking about pest control. Give your significant other the piece of mind that he or she will be pest free; and not have to worry about kissing bugs in bed, lovebugs swarming inside, or any other type of pest that may make life miserable!