How to Remove Bugs from the Front of Your Car

Remove Dead Bugs From Front of Cars at Bobby Rahal Acura in Mechanicsburg, PA | Rear seat view of woman driving her car

If you do a lot of highway driving, you’ve become accustomed to the black, brown, and yellow splotches that decorate your car. Even in the coldest months, you’ll be plowing through bugs on a regular basis. In the months of summer, in particular, you’ll end up driving through entire clouds of them. Inevitably, those bugs will end up splattered across the front end of your vehicles – the bumpers, the grille, even the front windshield. So how do you remove bugs from the front of your car, truck, or SUV?

The No-Brainer
Wash and dry. Yes, it may be that easy. If you address the bugs early enough, a simple thorough handwash or soft wash should take them off. Make sure to opt for a touch wash though – touchless washes may knock off the bulk of the bugs, but may leave the splatter and goo. The bristles of the brushes in hand washing, or the friction from the cloth or foam in a soft touch, will do a much better job.

Special Equipment and Chemicals
If you want a quick and simple solution and running through a wash didn’t do the trick, pop into your nearest car care store and check out their selection of bug removal tools and chemicals.

These may include special bug mitts, with ridged surfaces that help to snag bugs and knock them off your vehicle. Specific insect sponges work much the same way, with a microfiber mesh. Or just go straight for a simple microfiber towel – while it may not have the ridges and mesh, it’ll work just as well!

At the same time, there are specific bug removal chemicals and shampoos on the market aimed at directly removing bugs, tar, and other difficult dirt from your vehicle’s exterior.

Often, your best bet is a combination of these two, as seen in this video. Make sure to get a wash and wax afterward to restore your vehicle’s coat, wash away any chemical remnants, and get a coating of wax that will make it easier to remove future bug splattering.

Remove Dead Bugs From Front of Cars at Bobby Rahal Acura in Mechanicsburg, PA | Car brush cleaning front windshield with soap and water

Remove Dead Bugs From Front of Cars at Bobby Rahal Acura in Mechanicsburg, PA | Man in navy blue suit wipping his car windshield with yellow cloth
Household Solutions
You might not need to leave your house though. It may come as a surprise, but you may have some of the best solutions around your garage, bathroom, or even laundry room!

Magic Eraser: When they say it cleans impossible messes, they’re not kidding! Magic Eraser and similar products smash through bugs and guts with ease. However, you’ll need to make sure not to scrub with too much pressure, and don’t focus on one spot for too long – it can be a little too effective and can damage your clearcoat or paint with repetitive wiping under pressure.

Vinegar: One caveat with this is that you should not use it on your paint! However, a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water, mixed in a spray bottle, is perfect for removing bugs from a windshield or window. As a bonus, this mixture could also be used for cleaning aluminum rims on your vehicle.

Baking Soda: The alkalinity of baking soda makes it great for removing dirt bits of dead bugs from your vehicle. Mix it at a rate of 4 tablespoons to 1 quart of warm water, then use a microfiber cloth to dip and wipe clean!

Dryer Sheets: Perhaps our favorite lesser-known trick, soak a few dryer sheets in a spray bottle of water then spray this water onto your vehicle’s surface. Wipe the bugs away with another dryer sheet – they should come off fairly easily! It’s as simple as that! As with the other tricks, don’t use too much pressure, lest you damage the clear coat or paint.
After Care
No matter what method you choose, you need to make sure you wrap everything up with a wash and wax. Particularly if you are using one of the homemade methods, you may be introducing chemicals that aren’t necessarily meant for vehicles, and you don’t want to leave them standing on your paint or clear coat. A thorough wash through a self-serve, touchless, or soft-touch wash finished with a good wax job will make your car, truck, or SUV look good and ready to shine!

Don't Forget!
Don’t let the bugs build up on your car. When you start seeing them appear, the best thing to do is clean them off immediately and get all the gunk and goo off! Protect your car’s paint job and keep it looking great, remove those bugs immediately!

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