Florida Ranks 4th in Fleas

By: Jill Chandler
By: Jill Chandler

Tallahassee, Florida --

Florida ranks number four in the nation for flea problems on pets.

Andrew Green owns two dogs. He said, "When I first got my dogs, they were covered in fleas. They were infested with fleas. I just bathed them repeatedly and picked them off with tweezers."

A study called "State of Pet Health Report" shows fleas are more dangerous than bed bugs because they can carry infection.

Our furry friends can get skin infections, and even tape worms if they swallow the bugs.

Mark Hope is a veterinarian for Banfield Animal Hospital. He said, "They're not only limited to your bedroom, they can be in your couch, in your carpet. If your child is on the floor ... your child can get bit by all these fleas that are just everywhere in your house. If you don't have your pets on flea control it can get really out of hand."

The study shows Florida at number 4 for fleas on cats and dogs. Georgia isn't too far behind with 6 for dogs and 7 for cats.

Alan Robison with Capelouto said, "We would actually think we would be number one in the nation!"

They say they get around 8 calls a day.

Robison explains the increase. He said, "The dryness actually helps increase the flea population. Because we don't have the water that is pounding the ground... disturbing the flea process."

Veterinarians say the best way to treat dogs and cats is by using preventative measures like a topical or pill treatment.

Stats below:


1. South Carolina 13.80%

2. Oklahoma 13.79%

3. Arkansas 12.8%

4. Florida 12.75%


1. Oregon 22.15%

2. Washington 20.42%

3. Oklahoma 18.49%

4. Florida 17.47%



Rank: 6

Percentage: 10.52%


Rank: 7

Percentage: 15.52%

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  • by j on Jun 19, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    who is going to do something to the state worker call RickyDicky. I thought he was going to get us jobs. NOT get rid of them.
  • by johnny parks Location: leon on Jun 18, 2011 at 12:36 PM
    fl. has a serious leach problem. they are called state workers.GETER DONE RICK.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 03:59 PM in reply to johnny parks
      State workers are not leeches. State welfare recipients are the leeches. State workers actually get paid to do something (whether or not it actually needs to be done). Welfare recipients get paid to do nothing.
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      by state worker on Jun 18, 2011 at 05:14 PM in reply to johnny parks
      the leeches are the Republicans, stop drinking tea you tea bagger drink some coffee and wake up!!
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      by been there on Jun 19, 2011 at 06:40 AM in reply to johnny parks
      for your information alot of hard workers are state workers. That goes for alot of people on welfare. FOR you information alot goes in to get and keep getting help. The paper work is alot. AND you have to bring in alot from work sometimes the boss has to put his mark on the paperwork. They call and talk to your boss and sometimes over his head. So to get and keep the benifits coming YOU Work.
  • by tina p. Location: fl on Jun 18, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    dont listen to them rick. they really luv you. some people only kno how to sho luv thru hate.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2011 at 06:34 AM in reply to tina p.
      then i must love to hate people like you. Cant wait till you are on welfere cause of him & you lose your job.
  • by The Entomologist on Jun 18, 2011 at 10:24 AM
    Note that fleas are notorious bloodsuckers and act as vectors for many diseases. Sounds like the Republican Party in Florida - can't believe those bloodsuckers only rated 4th in the nation, especially with criminal Scott as governor.
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      by state worker on Jun 18, 2011 at 02:08 PM in reply to The Entomologist
      well said!
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        by Brutal Tallahassee, Fl. on Jun 18, 2011 at 04:54 PM in reply to state worker
        Yes it is "well said," but what about tha aliens? I don't mean "the illegal aliens!" Lock them doors. This is a 'Men in Black' moment!
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      by j on Jun 19, 2011 at 06:29 AM in reply to The Entomologist
  • by state worker Location: Chattahoochee on Jun 17, 2011 at 07:17 PM
    ranked 4th in fleas and number 1 uno in worst Govenor ever !
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      by j on Jun 19, 2011 at 06:29 AM in reply to state worker
      so true!! The WORST GOV & bad fleas. Wait, maybe this summer the fleas and the mosquito will be worse than rickydicky,na bad BAD but not worse than. It will be a close race between the 3.
  • by Rush on Jun 17, 2011 at 04:10 PM
    Democrats are responsible for this!
  • by Rush on Jun 17, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    Democrats are responsible for this!
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      by just me on Jun 20, 2011 at 12:17 PM in reply to Rush
      SORRY RUSH - but it is all the Republicans fault.
  • by Brutal Location: Capital City, Florida on Jun 17, 2011 at 03:17 PM
    What a dismal score! We can work on this, folks! If we play our-cards right, and go at this with the right attitude we can be Number 1!
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      by Brutal Capital City, Fl. on Jun 17, 2011 at 06:36 PM in reply to Brutal
      No sir! It's got nothing to do with politics in Florida! It's the space aliens! They want the beachfront to turn seawater into fresh water, and they will stop at nothing!! Got Fleas, your property will draw the illegal aliens from space like a magnet! Run like the wind!
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