As much as insects are integral to agriculture and our way of living, it's difficult to avoid them while you're driving. They're small, unpredictable in their movements and have clearly never read the highway code, making a few splatters inevitable.
And you'll notice that that that splatter formerly known as a fly is a right pain to remove. Ex-insects love to stubbornly cling to your car and are not easily removed with water alone.
Insect removers are purposefully designed to lift these insects from your car gently and quickly and we've found our top picks and listed them below, looking for price, effectiveness and any extra cleaning power.
The best insect removers
26JPN Bug & Grime
The best insect remover spray
26JPN produce some top-quality car cleaning products, including this Bug and Grime Spray. Alkaline-based and with a nice citrus scent, it may not be as good as the snow foam for overall cleaning, but for exclusive use on insects, you can't go wrong. Suitable for use on insects, grime and other dirt that clings to your paintwork, it's wax and sealant safe and fast-acting too, making it our top choice.
Turtle Wax 51778 Insect Remover
The best simple insect remover
Another solid option for insect removal, this spray from Turtle Wax is a solid choice for removing insects. Simply spray it onto insects, tree sap and even bird poo and the detergents in the product will break them down and lift them away from your paintwork. It's our top choice for removing insects without needing to wash your car properly (the spray is designed to not run and can be simply wiped away).
Sonax Insect Sponge
The best insect removal sponge
Sprays and wipes may be the meat and veg of insect removal, but this honeycomb sponge from Sonax is the perfect tool to ensure you get the best results. This sponge is designed to cut through the deposits an insect leaves behind without leaving any scratches at all. Sonax recommends Sonax Inspect Remover unsurprisingly but any insect remover will do a good job.
Armor All GAA75130EN Bug Cleaning Wipes
The best insect remover for a quick wipe
While these single-use wipes may not be the most environmentally sound choice, there's no denying that they're effective for quickly removing embedded insects. Each pack contains 30 wipes, all of which are sealed to retain moisture. It's also safe to use on any exterior surface and can be used to dislodge and wipe away tree sap and brake dust too.
Ku00e4rcher 62957610 Insect Remover
The best insect remover for a deep clean
When giving your car a proper deep clean with a pressure washer, it makes sense to tackle every deposit and contaminant, including those pesky insects. Ku00e4rcher's Insect Remover is designed to gently remove insects from your car with the aid of a pressure washer. All you need to do is spray it onto the embedded insect, wait three to five minutes and wash it away. Some reviewers note that it's no good on cars teeming with former insects, but if you only have a couple and want them removed gently this is a top choice.
Halfords Bug & Tar Remover
The best insect remover on a budget
If price is your number one concern and you'll only be using it for light-duty work then this simple spray bottle from Halfords is decent. It's designed to be used on more than just insects too, also being designed for sap, bird lime and even tar. It's not very good for removing tar (don't worry, we have a guide for you here) but it's decent enough on insects.