We look forward to summer, but there are a few things we despise every year.

  • Wildfires
  • Tourists
  • Mosquitos

I am not talking about tourists in this specific article, although we all know how you feel about the invasion of tourists during our 3 months of no snow here in Montana. The season I am talking about is also one of the deadliest, again, not tourists.

From May through September, these little blood suckers are at their prime in Montana. Luckily, because we don't typically have a lot of super hot months, our season is short compared to some U.S. states.

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Get ready to grab a can of OFF, some citronella candles, or whatever other tactic you use to keep these little flying pests away while you enjoy your summer.

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Mosquitos are the deadliest insects, and we will soon enter their favorite time of year.

The WHO (World Health Organization) claims that mosquitos kill over 700,000 people per year, making them the most deadly bug on earth. It's crazy to think that those tiny little flying pests are the cause of so many deaths per year.

There are ways to prepare so you can have a some what of a 'mosquito free' summer.

  • Don't allow standing water
  • Don't leave leaves piled up anywhere (they love to have a warm, moist area to breed)
  • If you have a pool, bird bath, or beautiful fountain, consider installing some sort of pump to keep the water constantly moving.
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Years ago, when I found out I was actually allergic to mosquitos, I tried everything I possibly could to keep those little buggers away from me. From spaying DEET on my socks before heading out to softball, to every essential oil I could find to try and keep them from me. Weirdly enough, I found putting BOUNCE sheets in my pockets worked the best. Odd? Yes! But it totally worked for me.

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Top 5 Safest Cities In Montana, 2023

Like every state, there are always going to be a few towns that make us think twice about moving there or deciding where to raise our kiddos. But like I always say, "negative yells and positive whispers". The same goes for crime and violence; we hear about all the drug busts, assaults, break-ins, etc. It's not very often we hear about all the great things right?
Well, the list came out from Safewise, and we now know where the Five Safest Cities In Montana are.

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9 Ways To Avoid Hitting A Deer In Montana

State Farm Insurance came out with a list of states with the worst odds of hitting an animal, and Montana came in 2nd. There is a 1 in 44 chance, you will hit an animal while living and driving in Montana. The most common months for this to happen are October, November, and December. If you are traveling through the surrounding states, your odds of hitting a deer don't really get any better. North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Idaho are all considered "high risk" or "medium risk" for the odds of hitting an animal.

Here are State Farm Insurance's 9 ways to help avoid hitting a deer.

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20 License Plates Banned In Montana

This is just a small glimpse at banned license plates in the state of Montana. There are well over 4000 that could be added to this list.

Now why some of these are banned is beyond me. I don't find any of them offensive, that's for sure; the state of Montana has the right to refuse:

"any combination of letters or numbers, or both, that may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency or which are misleading or a duplication of license plates provided elsewhere."- Montana Motor Vehicle Department

What plates are banned in your state? Hopefully, they are not as picky as Montana.

Gallery Credit: Megan Shaul, Will Gordon