If you have visited our website, here at Native Pest Management, or subscribed to our blogs, you likely know that we focus our West Palm Beach pest control services on a select few bugs. Among the most popular bugs that we are contracted to remove are some of the more common household pests like cockroaches, mosquitoes, ants, bed bugs, termites, rodents, and others that can be both a nuisance and damaging to your personal property.
That being said, there are a few species of bugs that show up a handful of times a year that might push you to get in touch with our team — and one of those species is the lovebug.
What Are Lovebugs?
When you first hear the name “lovebug,” it is more than likely that you will think of it as a term of endearment used by older generations to express their affection for their significant other. Sadly, the real lovebug is not that heartwarming.
Lovebugs, also known as the chinga-chinga, honeymoon fly, and double-headed bug, is a species of fly (Diptera) that is commonly found in the Southeastern United States and Central America. Like most pests that are non-native to South Florida and the West Palm Beach area, the lovebug moved north from Central America, establishing its U.S. populations in the mid-1900s. But if they are from Central America, why might you have heard that they are a synthetic creation?
The Myth Behind Lovebugs
When you think of popular Florida folk-tales, you will likely first think of the countless ghost stories or the terrifying tales of the Florida Skunk-Ape wandering the swamps and forests in the dark of the night — often times not considering the story of the lovebug because… well, it is proven, right?
Many people in South Florida believe that lovebugs are not a non-native species that made its way north over the last century, but instead, think that they are the product of a lab on the University of Florida campus. It is believed by some that the university conducted genetic testing and DNA manipulation on bugs to create the lovebug as a form of natural mosquito control when in reality it has been proven by research that they migrated north from the south.
Lovebug Biology & Life Cycle
Lovebugs are an interesting pest, here in South Florida, because they almost always exist, but there are really only two times a year that they become a nuisance. In late May to early June and late September to early October, the lovebug leaves its pupal stage and becomes a swarming fly.
When the lovebugs emerge from their pupal state and become flies, they begin to mate right away, with females laying up to 350 eggs at a time. After 2-4 days, the eggs hatch and become pupa — feeding on decaying material for the next 3-9 months as they develop into the adult stage.
What Is The Issue with Lovebugs?
As a provider of pest control in West Palm Beach, we are often asked what the impact of lovebugs really are. For homeowners and business owners, the obvious concern is what damages that lovebugs can cause. Luckily, we can assure you that there is no real damage that is driven by the bi-annual lovebug hatch. Instead, they are simply a nuisance — especially when they swarm.
Lovebugs are an introduced pest species, meaning that they really have no natural predators other than the occasional bird or lizard looking for a quick and easy snack. Because of this, their populations grow fast and they swarm areas near their food sources of decomposing materials.
The Positive Impact
If there is one silver lining to the presence of lovebugs, it is their innate ability to consume large volumes of decaying vegetation. As a homeowner, business owner, or property owner, this might benefit you — and you won’t be bothered by the lovebugs as they eat dead vegetation on your property in their larval and pupal states.
The Negative Impact
As with any pest, there are negative impacts caused by love bugs — otherwise, your local West Palm Beach pest control company would not be talking about them in today’s blog post. Luckily, the negative impact of lovebugs is that they are a nuisance, and their presence is only limited to 2-3 months total each year when they become adults.
Love Bug Control
When love bugs take their adult forms in late May and late September you will notice. The adult flies tend to swarm near homes, cars, highways, and businesses. When they swarm near your West Palm Beach home or business, they can find their way inside as doors are opened and closed.
At Native Pest Management, we understand that nuisance pests are just as undesirable as pests that can cause deliberate damages — being why we offer our residential and commercial pest control services to those that are affected by lovebugs. Schedule a one-time pest treatment for your South Florida home or business today or schedule recurring treatments to ensure that pests are kept at bay for longer.
For Lovebug Control In West Palm Beach, Contact Native Pest Management
If you are sick and tired of lovebugs taking over your property and want to ensure that they stay out of your home or business, be sure to get in touch with us today. If you have any questions about our treatments and pest management strategies, we urge you to contact a member of our team today.
We look forward to working with you!