COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) — Freda Sojka looked around at her unfortunate position during the Flood of 2008. She lived at the confluence of two rivers that were both bursting out of their banks — the Iowa and the Cedar and where they meet near Columbus Junction.
“I wanted to make a bug repellant for a grandson, my 5-month-old grandson, that didn’t have DEET in it,” said Sojka, who worked at Monsanto during that time. “I researched a few ingredients, threw it together and we used it. They were measuring for the flood water on the Cedar and my sister had flooding. So I loaned her a bottle to try and it worked.”
Sometimes the best ideas get shelved before they dominate store shelves. That is what happened with Sojka’s idea for Bug Soother, from her Simply Soothing operation in town.