The sun is out again and for some, the flooding of last week is a bad memory we would like to leave behind.
But South Walton Mosquito Control Director Ben Brewer says that unfortunately, we are not going to be able to do that.
"It's going to be bad," Brewer said of the upcoming mosquito season. "We are going street by street and spraying, but there are swamp areas that we just can't get to."
And, mosquitoes do like the swamps for their breeding grounds, or any other standing water.
Unfortunately, as of Tuesday of this week, days after last week's historic flood, the Walton County Sheriff's Office was still issuing lists of roads daily that remained closed due to standing water.
The Mosquito Control's office building was one of the many structures that experienced the effects of the floods.
The Mosquito Control District is celebrating 50 years in South Walton — in the same building. That building has never been flooded before, said Brewer.
The building has been built onto and expanded eastward through the years. The front is the original structure and only received about 4 inches of standing water inside, but the newer part to the east had anywhere from 15 inches to 2 feet of standing water inside. The outside yard also saw around 2 feet.
Inside, Brewer said inventory is still being taken and replacement values determined for damaged computers, a refrigerator, stove, safety equipment and structural damage. Calls are still being answered from a temporary location at the district's mechanic shop and a mobile unit is on its way.
As Brewer deals with damage control, he said his sprayers will be doing what they can to kill mosquitoes before and as they hatch. He advises the public to also do what they can.
"We will have a lot of mosquitoes during the next month or so," he warned. "It's going to be bad."
In anticipation, Brewer advises all to stay indoors when mosquitoes are out, but if that is not possible, wear long sleeves. He said sunset is the worst time to go out.
For more information visit southwaltonmosquitocontrol.org.