As the temperature rises, love bugs make their spring appearance. These small black flies with red dots aren’t particularly dangerous, but they can be a nuisance. They often swarm in pairs.
They’re also known as kissing flies, double-headed bugs and honeymoon flies. They’re a type of march fly and are an invasive species that came over from Central America. They’re now found across the gulf coast states from Texas to Florida and South Carolina.
Love bug season typically occurs twice a year, in late spring and fall. However, the duration of each swarm can vary depending on weather conditions. The Farmer’s Almanac explains that they’re more likely to show up during rainy weather and when the air is humid.
These pesky insects usually swarm around homes, businesses and roadsides. They’re especially active during daylight hours and can be seen in large numbers when mating. The males and females connect their lower abdomens and stay joined together in flight and while feeding. They live only three to four days.
If you’re plagued by them, the Farmer’s Almanac suggests several ways to reduce their numbers. For example, they recommend keeping doors and windows closed when possible. You can also use fans to keep the air moving. Another suggestion is to mow the lawn frequently. The bugs’ larvae breed in thatch, and mowing reduces areas where they can thrive. Also, washing your car frequently can help remove them. The bug’s acidic body can damage your paint if it remains on the vehicle too long.