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The still behind chez stat doesn't capture them very well, but a 2 MB video I took across my neighbor's back yard that gets more direct sun gives you a good feel for the frenzy! It's so cool - they just fly all around you and sometimes pause to take a look back at you.
Get OVER it, okay!?
Skeptical Measurer & Audio Scrounger
I remember bees, hornets, butterflies, flies, deer flies, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, crickets, fruit flies, moths, dragonflies big and little..
Where are any now?
I have not seen one in years. (and I live next to a big park too.)
And driving? no bug splatters on the windshield. ZERO. Back in the day the window would be covered with bug splatter gook in one drive in the Summer months..
I guess Monsanto is way better at killing insects than they ever thought.
I can't open the video, but that's ok - we have a bunch of dragonflies in the backyard. They eat small flying insects on the wing.
As a kid, I used to collect insects, and dragonflies were the most difficult to catch. I'm still fascinated by their colors and wing patterns.
What do you use to get the 3-4 day old baked dragonfly of your headlights and bumpers???
Maybe due to sheer weight of numbers, you guys have worked out a better system than us!
Removal techniques start with rehydrating and lubricating the residue. Several off the shelf bug sprays like Turtle are good.
But maybe not good enough. I've never found an alternative which eliminates some amount of scrubbing, so choose soft materials. Rewax when done.
I have the insect issue with the fairing on my motorcycle, and have read too many ways to deal with it.
The main thing seems to be to wash ASAP, since the guts tend to be acidic, and can actually etch if left on too long. Call me lazy, but I'm not about to wash my vehicle when I get home at 3 AM.
The thing which works most consistently for me is to cover the area with hot, wet towels, and let it soak. Then wash with soapy water, rinse and repeat, if necessary.
I read that peroxide helps remove them, but it didn't work for me.
"Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be. 'Cause now I'm an amputee" J. Lennon
Soak first to loosen dried stuff. Then lightly wipe with cloth and hose!
Hmm, I wonder if that works for all bugs. I get dried bugs all over the bumper after a road trip and they're very hard to get off. I'll give it a try next time.
Coca-Cola works, too. Very acidic. Shake up a bottle and spray it on. They used to do that at the Coca-Cola plant where I worked in high school to clean the bugs off the front of the trucks.
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