In all areas of the Center and during most of the year one should be aware of certain wildlife. Ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes may be the cause of the greatest amount of discomfort. These insects are most active from April through October. Spraying ones shoes with insect repellent will reduce the risk of chigger bites. Keeping well-covered and using insect repellent reduces the risk of mosquito and tick bites. Copies of a Tick Fact Sheet are available at the Centers
Gateway office when you check in.
Raccoons are on the prowl for food. Do not keep food on screened porches or in open cars. There are alligators. Do not feed any wildlife, but especially not the gators! There are both poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes. They dont bother people unless they are surprised or stepped on. So always carry a flashlight at night and wear covered shoes at all times outdoorsno sandals or open-backed shoes.
Sunburn is a risk, especially for the eager northerner. Bring sunscreen and hats if you plan to be on the beach. The ocean is beautiful but should be treated with respect. There are riptides, jellyfish, and even sharks at various times. Never swim alone; do not use floats. Be aware. As the beach is a public county area, outside of the city of Myrtle Beach, there are no lifeguards or regular safety patrols.