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post #1 of 11 Old 11-09-2010, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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This kind of love, I don't need.

In May, and again in September, parts of Florida are plagued by insects that copulate most of the time.
I mean it, they fly in pairs, and I think the female is generally the larger (like on Harleys :mrgreen. So we call them "LOVE BUGS".

These creatures stick like glue to my windshield, and if I do not clean them off promptly,
the residue hardens and toughens to such a point that I consider the purchase of a new windshield.

Well, I think I have the answer, and it's cheap. I use baking soda as a scouring powder.
It seems to remove the love bug residue without adding scratches
to my windshield, and I am very glad to be able to see again.


Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, NaHCO3.

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-09-2010, 01:14 PM
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Great post! I will try that in May. I spray mine with Honda cleaner and let it soak.

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-09-2010, 01:27 PM
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RejeX polish is a big help to keep bugs from sticking, and it is safe and works well on plastics as well as on paint. It lasts about a year on our garaged vehicles, and I like the results very much.

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post #4 of 11 Old 11-09-2010, 01:55 PM
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polish it with pam cooking spray, works wonders all over the front of a car when driving long distances.

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post #5 of 11 Old 11-09-2010, 04:10 PM
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If I know I'm riding into blackfly country, I smear a thick coat of bacon grease all over the windshield and plastics.

The bike smells -great- after it warms up.

Crap, lost the bong again...

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post #6 of 11 Old 11-09-2010, 04:45 PM
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I don't understand people, they scrape ice they complain, it gets warm they scrape bugs they complain,.

Try laying a wet towel over the windsheild to soften up the crusty buggers.

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post #7 of 11 Old 11-10-2010, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Wink What do they say about prevention?

I get it. I should deal with the problem BEFORE running into the dang bugs.
Now if I can only remember that advice when May and September arrive ...

Thanks for the assistance!

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post #8 of 11 Old 11-10-2010, 10:27 AM
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a different kind of bug

while strolling in the jungle a bug landed on the back of my left hand. i was admiring its beauty, kind of like an elongated ladybug, when i felt a burning sensation. the bug lost its beauty when i realized it had stung me. the next morning, i now had a hand twice as big as normal. my fingers didn't swell and i was able to put on my gloves, but couldn't strap them. made it home ok. and after two days, the swelling is almost gone. amazing that such a small creature could cause such swelling.
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post #9 of 11 Old 11-10-2010, 10:37 AM
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I remember somewhere on the forum to use Lemon pledge so when the bug season started this summer, it worked for me. Sprayed on the windshield and polished it with a micro cloth. Smells good too! On a side note my wife asked me why I have a can lemon pledge in the garage. i replied that i like to keep my bench top nice and clean. She replied that you must be hittin Janices bong because you can't even find your benchtop. I hate it when she is right.(most of the time). Ride On.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-10-2010, 12:47 PM
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Simple Green

Spraying the windshield / front fairing down withe simple green and letting it soak for 10 or so minutes has worked well for me. I am a bike rider and am always going for rides rather than cleaning the bike. My fall bugs come off in the spring, and spring bugs come off in the fall. Some have left a what appears to be a permanent mark on the front end though.

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