"Even when the door was closed, a huge number of insects came in and caught them all day long.", "Even though I threw away the thing that was attached to the body, it didn't come off.

In some areas of Seoul and Goyang, Gyeonggi-do, swarms of insects called 'love bugs' have appeared, causing inconvenience to residents.

Combining the media coverage today (3rd), there are several articles in the online community stating that love bugs have entered the house and are suffering damage.

On social media such as Twitter, "I can't even open the window for fear of insects coming in in hot weather", "The child is very afraid to see the bugs."

The same article keeps coming up.

In the used trading app Carrot Market, there is also an article saying that if you catch bugs, you will be rewarded.

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Love Bug's official name is 'Plicia Niactica'.

Found in Central America and off the southeastern coast of the United States, it is a fly family less than a centimeter in size.

During mating, as well as during flight, males and females pair in pairs, hence the nickname Love Bugs.

Although it is non-toxic, does not bite people, and does not transmit diseases, the characteristic appearance of love bugs is disgusting, and citizens complain of discomfort due to their habit of flying to humans.

Jo, a 28-year-old office worker living in Eungam-dong, Seoul, shuddered, saying, "It's embarrassing that a swarm of bugs I've never seen these days come into my house and stick to my body."

Cho said, "Nearby neighbors all said that catching this bug is painful.

In fact, as complaints about love bugs run rampant, wards and city halls, community centers, and local public health centers are to the extent that other tasks are disrupted.

An official from a ward office said, "There are too many calls requesting quarantine. It is difficult to connect with the department in charge even inside." .

The specific reason for the sudden increase in love bugs this year has not yet been confirmed, but it is analyzed that the wet weather is a major factor.

Love bugs are susceptible to dry weather and often die of their own accord.

However, this year, it is estimated that the number of individuals has not decreased as the rainy season continued for several days in the metropolitan area at the end of June, the breeding season for love bugs.

Also, it is known that one of the causes was that the ward office or public health center did not prevent the disease in time because spraying pesticides was not effective due to the rain.

An expert, who requested anonymity, said, "As it is a fly family, you can use a pyrethroid insecticide to fight love bugs at home."

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