The south is not unique in its population of bugs that sting or bite. I am pretty convinced that the mosquitoes in Minnesota are the largest most voracious spawns of satan to ever exist (besides spiders).
We do have our fair share of mosquitoes however. And many other insects and arachnids that bite, sting and generally make a nuisance of themselves. So. Protect yourself.
Just about all over the counter insect repellents work to some degree. Find the one that works best for you. There are also any number of homeopathic applications that may or may not work well.
Be cautious about where you step and reach into with your hands as well. Spider (shudder) bites can be nasty. Unlikely to be fatal but very likely to be extremely uncomfortable.
Here’s a note about mosquitoes from the University of Georgia:
There are more than 60 species of mosquitoes in Georgia, many of which will feed on people. The female mosquito must have a blood meal before her eggs will develop. Eggs are laid near or on the water, depending on the species. The eggs hatch into larvae or “wigglers.” These develop into pupae or “tumblers” and the adult emerges from the pupa. The egg-to-adult transition can occur in seven to 10 days. Female mosquitoes will range from 300 feet to 20 miles or more in search of a blood meal, depending upon the species. Most can fly in a radius of at least 1 mile. Most, but not all, females prefer to feed in the evening. The saliva they inject helps to keep blood from coagulating as they feed. It is also an irritant responsible for some of the itching and swelling people experience after they are bitten. The larvae of mosquitoes that bite at dawn and dusk often develop in ditches, ponds, temporary pools, marshes and swamps. The larvae of mosquitoes that bite during the day often develop in artificial containers, such as tires, buckets and various litter and deibris, particularly in the northern part of Georgia. (LINK)
Read up and know your bugs!