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Love them or hate them, lovebugs are here

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They don't sting or bite and have a nice name but test our patience, love bugs. For many, they don't live up to the name, but some are learning to love them.

"They're good bugs in that they work on feeding on decomposing organic matter," says Dan Devenport.

Lovebugs feed on pollen and freshly cut yard trimmings.

"They become more of a problem for people when they hit the cars," says Devenport.

We're in the middle of the season that lasts about six weeks. The males die shortly after mating while the female lives for a few days to lay her eggs. There are things that attract them besides their mate.

"Love bugs are attracted to possibly car emissions, heat, they're attracted to the color white," says Devenport.

It's a love-hate relationship Louisiana has with lovebugs.

"You know love bugs to us is our busiest time. We see our volume go up. We see our revenue go up so we look forward to lovebug season twice a year," says Mark Veverica, Co-owner Classic Auto Spa.

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