If you've stepped outside of your door recently, then surely you have seen a swarm of teeny flying insects we Floridians have come to know as love bugs. Well anyone can tell you that they don't like the unwelcome visitors, especially when their guts are splattered all over your car. Rather than constantly spending money on a car wash, here are some useful tips for you to keep them away and keep your car clean if they do end up all over it. Keep in mind that these are not universal solutions to the bug problem, but they should be effective at reducing their numbers near you. To keep the love bugs away or get rid of them in or around your home: - Spray your front door with all natural inspect spray. That will keep them away or at least leave em on the floor, if you know what I mean. - Create your own insect spray. Mix warm water with a citrus smelling detergent like orange or lemon dish soap along with a splash of mouthwash and shake well in a spray bottle. This will help keep them off your plants and walls. - Suck them up with a vacuum cleaner. - Keep up to date on mowing the lawn so they won't get attracted to the dead leaves and debris. Also watering it will make it harder for them to lay their eggs. - Wear dark colored clothes. If they are all over your car, here is what you do: - Wet the hood with water, take some dryer sheets that you can get from places like Wal-Mart and then gently start scrubbing it. It should come right off. Then rinse it off with water. - A wet cloth dipped in baking soda won't damage your paintwork. - Some good ole fashioned WD-40 will help with the cleaning job. -If possible, get a filter screen on your car grill so they won't get into the radiator. These solutions should make your lives a bit easier and keep your pockets full until its time for these guys to move on.
A 3-year-old Georgia girl has died after she was sexually assaulted and beaten, authorities said. According to WALB-TV, the Albany girl died at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at an Atlanta hospital, where she had been on a ventilator, authorities said. >> Read more trending news Albany police responded to the girl's home about 7:30 a.m. May 13 for an 'unknown problem,' the department said in a news release Friday. When officers arrived, Gregory Parker, 20, said his stepdaughter was 'unresponsive,' police said. Emergency personnel transported the girl to the hospital. Investigators said the girl 'had been severely beaten and sexually assaulted,' according to the news release. 'The child had injuries to her vaginal area, ribs, along with swollen hands and unknown trauma to her head,' the release said. 'She appeared to have old wounds, as well.' Parker, 20, was arrested and charged with rape, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, aggravated battery and first-degree child cruelty, authorities said. The girl's mother, 19-year-old Crystal Brooks, also faces charges of aggravated battery, battery, first-degree child cruelty and giving a false statement initially, police said. >> Read the Police Department's Facebook post here Medical examiners will perform an autopsy on the child Monday, officials said. Read more here or here.
One person was killed and eight others were hurt when gunfire erupted early Saturday at a high school graduation party in Alabama, authorities said. According to WALA-TV, the shooting occurred about 2 a.m. Saturday as current and former students of Escambia County High School gathered at an Atmore community center that once housed Escambia County Middle School, police said. After two women got into a fight, shots were fired in the cafeteria and later in the parking lot, fatally striking one male victim and injuring eight others, authorities said. Police arrived to find hundreds of panicked party guests and a 'large amount of alcohol' at the chaotic scene, authorities told WKRG. Crews found a male victim's body in the cafeteria and transported the injured people to nearby hospitals for treatment, WALA reported. Police have not released their names. >> Read more trending news Authorities are seeking three or more suspects in connection with the deadly shooting, WKRG reported. No further information about them was immediately available. In a statement Saturday, Escambia County High School Principal Dennis Fuqua expressed sadness that a day filled with triumph ended in tragedy. 'By day, our seniors experienced the high of obtaining $8.6 million in scholarships, and our varsity football team experienced their first win of the season,' the statement read. 'Yet, by night we all felt the pangs of tragedy due to the acts of violence that have left several of our past and present students injured. It is unfortunate that the event at the community center has tainted the success our seniors and football team felt, but we love our Blue Devil Family and will continue to pray for wisdom and healing.' >> Read the full statement here Read more here or here.