Every summer Canadian soldiers invade Northeast Ohio.

Steve hates them and arms himself…with cleaning supplies. Yes, Canadian soldiers are better known as mayflies, midges and a variety of assorted pests. Their invasion is mostly annoying, especially to Steve.

Since he owns the auto shop and is the Porter family’s resident motor head, he hates bug guts on his cars. Besides making his “babies” look bad, certain bugs have an acidity that may permanently damage a car’s finish. Luckily, it’s fairly easy to remove bugs from your hood, grill and bumper.

Wash your car. Soak the area first followed by car wash suds applied with a sponge or car wash mitt. With just a little elbow grease, it’s bye-bye bugs. Steve is a big believer in microfiber bug sponges. You can find them in the auto supplies aisle. Also, never use household dishwashing liquid or detergent on your car because they can actually mar your car’s finish.

Now some of these dastardly decayers may not come off in a typical washing. So it’s time to hit the bar – a bar of Ivory soap. It contains stearic acid and that’s what removes the bug stain. Just rub the soap on a wet rag or washcloth and let it set for a few minutes. That should remove the remains of the bug stain.

They say WD-40 has over 2,000 uses and Steve swears by the stuff, especially when it comes to cleaning insects, tar or sap off your car. Spray a small area and give it 30 seconds, then wipe the solution off. It’s the slick way to remove pests. Just don’t use this on your windshield.

You can also try dryer sheets. Just wet it, wring it out and start wiping down the affected areas. Steve says this works for small areas, but may not be practical when tackling the entire hood.

Another approach is heading to any store that carries automotive supplies and purchasing automotive insect-removal cleaners. Just follow the directions and your vehicle should be bug free.

I’d love to hear how my fellow clean geeks keep their rides bug free. Send your tips and a pic of your wheels.