Rabies Vector Species in Florence County

A primary concern about human and wildlife encounters is the transmission of diseases like rabies. Every year in South Carolina, 148 animals test positive for rabies, and 30% of these include human exposure.

The wildlife with the most positive tests for rabies include:

  • Raccoon
  • Skunk
  • Fox 
  • Bat
  • Domestic Animals

Fortunately, as of July, Florence County has had only one animal, a fox, test positive for rabies in 2022.

South Carolina recommends hiring a wildlife control operator to remove nuisance wildlife. A wildlife control operator is licensed and extensively trained in the habits and habitats of wildlife, required permitting, and local, state, and federal laws regarding wildlife removal. 

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