Lovebugs are known for sticking to vehicles during mating season, making for messy clean-ups. | Highlands Today

Lovebugs are known for sticking to vehicles during mating season, making for messy clean-ups. | Highlands Today

Car washes in Sebring, Florida have their hands full this month as a local pest begins its annual assault on vehicles. Lovebugs are tiny winged insects that get their name because they’re known to fly together, connected while mating, for days on end. But the reason car wash owners love them is a bit different, as Highlands Today reports.

For about four weeks each fall, the bugs swarm down in Florida. Motorists driving along freeways are especially easy targets. When a driver finally reaches his or her destination, she’s almost guaranteed to see that her front bumper has been coated with the little pests.

But, that’s great news for car washes. Especially those with special treatments for insect smears. There’s even a company in Sebring called Love Bugg’s Car Wash that has learned to capitalize on the annual annoyance by offering a soft that softens dead insects so they can be easily washed away.

“In the past week or so, a lot of people have been seeing the lovebugs on certain roads,” said Lovebug Car Wash owner Daniel Young. “If you’re in town, there’s not so many lovebugs, but if you’re out of town and in the orange groves, they gather a lot more.”

The height of lovebug season won’t hit until October, Young said. In the meantime, plenty of motorists told Highlands Today they’re seeing the effects already.