Bugs May Be Small, but They Leave a Large Impact on Windshields

May 14, 2009

DANBURY, Conn., May 14 /PRNewswire/ — With warmer weather, bugs across the country are on the rise. From “lovebugs” in the south to midges, mayflies and mosquitoes in the north, insects swarm the roadways. Many will meet an untimely death on vehicle windshields this summer, leaving drivers with a mess that typical blue washer fluids can’t remove.

“Most bugs are small, but they can travel in swarms which can make a large impact on your windshield,” said splatologist Mark Hostetler, nationally recognized “Bug Doctor” and author of That Gunk on Your Car: A Unique Guide to Insects of North America. “As the temperature rises, so does the number of insects near the roadways. They are so numerous that many are traversing roads and ending up on our windshields.”

According to Hostetler, carbohydrates found in insect parts and bird droppings cause biological deposits to stick to windshields on impact, creating large splats that can impair driver visibility. In addition, if some splats are not removed relatively quickly, a vehicle’s paint can be “eaten” by the splat’s acidity.

Prestone, the maker of Bug Wash(R) windshield washer fluid, has partnered with Hostetler to educate people about splats on their windshield and the best way to remove the gunk left behind.

“Bugs are interesting creatures, and you can tell a lot about them from the splat they leave on your windshield. For example, examine the color of the splat. If it has a bit of red in it, then it’s from a female bug – they’re the only ones that bite and draw blood,” said Hostetler. “For as interesting as they are, however, at some point we’ve still got to get them off the windshield.” Bug Wash is formulated to penetrate, break down and emulsify deposits so that they are more easily removed from the windshield by the washer fluid and wipers.

For more information about bug splats and Prestone(R) Bug Wash(R) windshield washer fluid, consumers can log on to www.prestone.com, or they can test their skills fighting bugs at www.BuzzKill.com. In addition, consumers visiting www.BuzzKill.com can enter to win an iPod(R) Nano and receive rebates for free music downloads.

Honeywell Consumer Products Group, a business unit within the Honeywell Transportation Systems segment of Honeywell International Inc., has headquarters in Danbury, Conn. Its leading automotive care products include FRAM(R) oil, air, transmission and fuel filters; Autolite(R) spark plugs, ignition wire sets and lights; Prestone(R) antifreeze and car care products; and Holts(R) car care. It maintains R&D capabilities in both the United States and Europe and has a manufacturing footprint in 10 countries worldwide.

Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

SOURCE Honeywell Consumer Products Group

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