If you’ve driven on Minneapolis, St. Paul or Twin Cities roads, you know about the bug splatter problem. While extreme weather can degrade your car’s paint, blur your windshield and cause window damage, bugs can greatly impact your ride. As soon as spring hits, your car’s hood, grille and windshield might be covered in bug remains. Even if you’re not driving through a woodland area, your car’s exterior is at risk. Below, we’re covering the best bug splatter prevention and removal tips around.


Tip One: Get a Bug Deflector Shield


Say what? Yeah, they exist. These shields absorb bug impacts. In most cases, they can send insects flying over your car—rather than collecting them. These shields are inexpensive, and they can save tons of money on replaced wiper blades and bug removal cleansers.


Tip Two: Apply a New Coat of Car Wax


Experts from the Tampa Bay Times consider a fresh coat of car wax to be one of the best bug defenses available. As soon as spring hits, apply new wax to your vehicle’s bumper and hood. Reapply the wax every other week, and keep your ride’s protection as high as possible. A new coat of wax can protect your car’s paint, deflecting bug splatters which would otherwise come into direct contact.


Tip Three: Use Recommended Products


Talk to your windshield repair technicians, auto glass repair team or auto glass installers. Give them a call, and ask about their recommended products for bug splatter removal. Products like Tar Remover and Turtle Wax Bug, specifically, tend to get the job done. Purchase these products in their liquid versions, as liquid removers tend to be thicker.


Tip Four: Drive at Night


If you’re really worried about bug splatters during your long-distance trip, consider driving at night. Bugs are active in the morning hours, but they rarely fly after sundown. While this is a radical workaround, it’s guaranteed to reduce the splatters.


Tip Five: Apply Baby Oil


If you’re desperate, don’t write off the household DIY solutions. Pick up some light, nonstick baby oil. Then, apply a light film across the grille, hood and bumper. Apply a little more above the windshield. While this won’t deflect bugs, it’ll make the removal process incredibly easy to handle.


By protecting your car during bug season, you can greatly reduce the chances of burned paint, discoloration and windshield blurring. Talk to your provider today, and ask them about your particular vehicle’s needs. Over time, you’ll fortify your ride from acidic impacts. Just make sure you’re keeping up with the maintenance.