Most people do not feel love for lovebugs. These insects usually swarm in late April and throughout May. The larval stage of the lovebug feeds on leaf mold. This makes control difficult if not impossible. The adult fly's only purpose is to find a mate. The lovebug does not sting or bite, but will certainly mess up the windshield and grille of your car. Avoiding lovebugs is not easy. They prefer the warmth of the day. If you are taking a trip across the state, you should plan to travel at night or early morning before they begin to stir.
To protect our valuable natural resources, please be sure to follow the Pinellas County Fertilizer Ordinance. More information can be found at pinellascounty.org/PDF/Fertilizer-Ordinance-Brochure.pdf.
For additional lawn and garden information, visit the UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension website at pinellascountyextension.org and askextension.org.