Different regions of the world obviously see different types of insect life. If you hate insects, then you would have a hard time living in Australia, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, anywhere is southern Asia, or basically anywhere else in the world. However, we Americans are not without our problematic insect pests. For example, if you live in the southeast United States, then you are most certainly familiar with love bugs. You may have heard the term “love bug” before, but this is not a cute looking Volkswagen Beetle. However, love bugs are associated with cars. Specifically, cosmetic damage to cars, and other vehicles. Love bugs often splatter on people’s vehicles while driving. These insects are also considered a nuisance among many southerners due to the species aggressive reproductive activities that result in massive population sizes. Love bugs reproduce at rates that are unusually rapid, and the resulting offspring are hard to miss in the environment once they reach adulthood and begin flying.
Although many Americans are familiar with love bugs, and see them on a daily basis during the summer months, there exists much mystery concerning this species natural habitat. There is a plethora of false information about love bugs that has been circulating among people for years. All of this gossip has given birth to strange myths concerning this insects origin. For example, it is widely believed that love bugs resulted from an American biological experiment gone wrong. Some people believe that love bugs were engineered in order to combat disease-carrying mosquitoes. Other, more down-to-earth types, believe that love bugs have always been an insect species native to North America. As it turns out, these assumptions are all wrong. In reality, love bugs are native to Central America, and not to North America. Nobody is sure as to how love bugs arrived within North America, but several experts believe that they may have arrived by ship in Galveston or New Orleans around 1920. In 1947, love bugs migrated into Florida, where they currently cause the greatest degree of annoyance.
Have you ever taken the time to inspect the types of insects that had splattered all over your vehicle?