Lovebugs leave their marks on cars across Fla.

Lovebugs are most common in spring, fall

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tiny insects are leaving their marks in what may be record numbers on cars across Florida.

"Whenever I drive on the roads in Florida this time of year, I expect lovebugs, but this has been an unusually thick situation," said Bob Goldman.

Anywhere from a quarter of an inch to a third of an inch, those tiny lovebugs 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 lovebug-infested car to the wash Wednesday morning after a difficult time driving through a swarm of the pesky bug Tuesday evening.

"My car has never been covered so much with lovebugs," said Goldman.

Although its hard to prove, those familiar with the insect say it appears there are more lovebugs out this fall than in recent memory.

"A lot more cars and a lot more bugs."

Cars are lined up at car washes to clean these pesky bugs off of them. Experts warn drivers if they don't clean them off fast enough, they can damage your car.

"If you get enough of them they can actually block the radiator, but that's an exception," said Jan Peters of FAMU's Entomology Department.

Although the bugs are a nuisance for most, love bugs are harmless for humans and will be gone soon enough.

"When it gets cold, they'll go away," Peters said.

Lovebugs are most common in the spring and again in the fall.

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