This flooding bites. Literally. Think of all the standing water and the warm temperatures coming. This can only mean one thing - a crap ton of mosquitoes.

I'm not an extremist when it comes to natural disasters. Almost to a fault. I tend to not believe something is true until I can see it with my own eyes. When it comes to storms, fires and disasters, I'm ready but I always find myself saying "Huh, it really can happen." I want to kick myself for that.

With flooding, I'm a believer. I lived in Nashville in 2010 when the Cumberland River crested downtown and flooded the city with murky water.


Once the cleanup efforts had made it possible to function semi-normally, the mosquitoes came out in droves. The bites were never-ending and that's when I discovered my love for After Bite.

Here in the Treasure Valley, experts are trying really hard to avoid the mosquito population taking over the human population. Getting a bite is pretty miserable. Ugh. Just thinking about it makes me itch. I either put the back of a cold spoon on my bite or X it out with my fingernail. It's kind of awful.

The Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District said they are already working to kill off the insect larvae before they hatch. First of all, did you know there was such a thing as a mosquito abatement district? I didn't.

Bti is being dropped by plane in the areas hard to reach on foot. This includes the southside of Lake Lowell and south of Middleton along the Boise River. The rest will be done on foot.

What is Bti? It's "Bacillus theragnosis israelensis" which is a natural, biological enemy of mosquito larvae that's safe for humans and all creatures except for fungus gnats, black flies and few very closely related insects.

With that, be safe. Stay away from the river and support the people who are saving our skin (and veins) this season.

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