It is no surprise that living anywhere comes with risks such as volcanoes, tornadoes (many, many tornadoes), or extreme flooding. There is no surprise that living on the coast is going to come with an obvious risk, but we are talking so much more when it comes to living in South Carolina.
1. Fire Ants
They are EVERYWHERE and invade EVERYTHING! Their bite is painful and some people are highly allergic.
I have been to Maine and seen some really big mosquitoes this is true, but nothing hits as hard as these in South Carolina. They have hypodermic needles so beware!
3. Gnats & Flies
Gnats....These horrendous little bits of flying things that invade your personal space. They stick to you like glue and, yes, people have eaten one or two in the lifetimes.
Flies are just as bad. When the storms are rolling in they are worse!
Somehow they get in the most unlikeliest of places and take up residence there. You see them sunning themselves on the golfing green and swimming in backyard swimming pools.
5. Black Bears
These curious bears tend to get in the most trouble. Last winter, a very large one was picked up in the Sonic parking lot in Florence, SC. Before that, they were seen walking down Irby Street as if they owned the entire place. Oh, sure, they look cute and cuddly, but I wouldn't attempt to hug one.
Ever tried to drive down a dark country road? The risk to life and limb can be great because of these 4-legged creatures. I, myself, have had 3 accidents with these wiley guys.
7. Brown Recluse spiders or spiders in general.
Here in South Carolina we are home to many kinds of spiders, but the two that we need to worry about the most are the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow. The biggest phobia most have is arachnophobia. So, be forewarned you are going to see a lot of spiders and most of them will make you hurt yourself, but will not actually hurt you.
8. Dum dum da dummm...The Palmetto Bug
These may not kill you, but may make you kill yourself by trying to get away from them. Then evolution made a funny and gave these suckers wings!
Rattlesnakes, water mocassins, coral, as well as the non-poisonous variety. Actually, I would rather fight with one of these than a palmetto bug!
Laugh if you must, but it is risky business driving in South Carolina. It is like taking your life in your hands when you hit the road.
11. Rogue Golf Balls
Due to the amount of golf courses here in South Carolina, it is definitely a risk that you, your house (specifically a window), or your car may be hit by a rogue golf ball!
And, no, we are actually talking about the animals here guys and gals. They are plentiful here. They are thieves and worse...much, much worse. They are definitely a nuisance to farmers.
The babies will randomly come out of the woods and appear on your doorstep. Awww! They are so cute and cuddly! Until momma appears and then things can get quite ugly real fast.
Spring arrives and everything blooms. This is when the bees come alive with activity and they are not so discerning between you and a flower. I keep yelling, "I'm not a flower!", but it doesn't seem to help. Running does help...sometimes.
15. Yellow flies/deer flies
If you have ever taken a hike in the woods you know what I'm talking about. These things will sneak up on you and leave you scratching an itch forever!
These things just hurt! Fortunately, you can usually feel them land on you unless you are distracted with something else. However, when they are doing being mean you will definitely know they have been there!
17. Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac
Talk about itching...We have an abundance of these plants here in South Carolina. I think it is the wonderful weather that we have here they love so much. They will love you too by the way.
This picture pretty much sums up what it feels like here when summer is kicking full steam ahead. There is definitely a risk of horrible sunburn or just melting into a puddle.
The risk of angering one or the other is great and it is sometimes very difficult to spot them. So Beware!
Last, but not least, there is a very real risk of hurricanes. The one that stands out for me is Hugo, but there are so many that have hit us that are memorable.
I think I pretty much covered the entire gamut, but you never know. If there is something you would like to add to this list, please do! Even if it is funny.