Women of MoJo: Lindsay Fitzpatrick

If there is one thing we’ve learned, it’s that there are many misconceptions about women in the pest control industry. So while we could write a blog post about why women are a good fit for Mosquito Joe, we thought there were a few people who could do a better job. In our blog series, Women of MoJo, we highlight the incredible women that are a part of the MoJo family and why it is no longer a man’s world!

This month we’re introducing you to one of our newest franchisees, Lindsay Fitzpatrick. Lindsay and her husband Ted are owners of Mosquito Joe of Naples. On top of that, she still maintains a full time position as a registered nurse and is the mother to a two-year old son, three dogs, and two cats! We are thrilled to welcome Lindsay and Ted to our franchise and have them show you how you can truly be your own boss with MoJo.

What motivated you to get involved in Mosquito Joe?

We had looked at a few other franchises and MoJo hands down had the best corporate culture, attitude and support that we were looking for in a franchise. More importantly, I could see Mosquito Joe as a service that my own family needed in Southwest Florida!! I felt that if it was something we could use, then there had to be other families in our area who would feel the same way!

What is your typical day during mosquito season?

I open the surgery center I work at, so I get to work at 5:30am, come home around 2pm and help with Mosquito Joe until our son is home from school around 3:30-4pm. Then I get to do my favorite job, which is mommy to our two year old son! Having MoJo services in our own yard makes this part of my day so much more fun because we can actually be outside and enjoy it!!

Why is a Mosquito Joe business a good fit for women?

It really caters to the active lifestyle we have as a family. We have a toddler, three dogs and two cats! We protect them all with our services, and it gives us flexibility to be there for our son and still work.

There are often misconceptions around the pest control industry and in particular with women working in that industry (that it’s dirty, etc.); what are your thoughts on those?

I find what we do empowering to families because it gives them the ability to spend more time together doing more engaging activities outside rather than sitting inside watching TV or similar. I feel better knowing I provide an added barrier against disease (always thinking like a nurse) and that being more active outside in the fresh air and sunshine is always good for everyone! My career as a nurse isn’t glamorous, so pest control doesn’t really bother me!

What advice would you give a woman considering opening a Mosquito Joe business?

It is so rewarding to see how you help families and property owners maximize their outdoor areas and time spent there! It gives you flexibility depending on how you structure your role in the business as well. I still manage to work full time, get my family time and help my husband run MoJo! It’s the perfect balance for me, and I know that in the future, I have the ability to continue to mold my role in all of my “jobs” to fit well with MoJo.


If you are interested in getting rid of mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks in your yard, give Mosquito Joe a call! And if you are looking for your next business venture or just the opportunity to be your own boss like Lindsay, visit our Franchise Information Page to get started on the path to joining the MoJo family!

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Mosquito Joe Launches Spring Season, Grows National Presence

Since launching our franchise opportunity four years ago, we have grown rapidly to provide exceptional pest control services across the country. By protecting families from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes through its unique services, our brand is actively making outside fun again. With a corporate team that has more than tripled between 2012 and 2016 (from six employees to nearly 30 in order to support a growing system of 129 franchisees), Mosquito Joe has risen in the ranks as one of the top providers in the pest control industry.

Our position at the forefront of an increasingly popular industry is especially evident as the “busy season” heats up. That means local communities across 32 states will soon see Mosquito Joe’s signature yellow and green vans in their communities, succeeding in making the spring and summer months free from pests such as mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. This year, our brand is initiating services in previously untapped states like Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Iowa while continuing to build a strong presence in established states like Texas, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

“The growth that we have seen in the past few years is a testament to the strong team that we have built and the operators who are creating a positive reputation for our unmatched services,” said Mosquito Joe CEO Kevin Wilson. “With 270 trucks on the road to service our growing base of more than 65,000 customers, we look forward to seeing success with the new operators launching this spring.”

As the demand for mosquito control services continues to climb due to persisting concerns of mosquito borne illnesses, awareness of the Mosquito Joe brand is becoming more prevalent. Our brand is maintaining its reputation as an excellent and low cost franchise opportunity with a total investment range between $69,600 and $122,500. Mosquito Joe also participates in VetFran, offering an even more affordable and valuable opportunity for veterans. That’s made evident by the 17 percent representation of veterans in Mosquito Joe’s growing franchise system.

“Our flexible, recurring revenue business model allows us to attract entrepreneurial-minded operators who are looking for an option outside of a brick and mortar business that they can run seasonally,” Wilson said. “Not only is the mosquito control industry booming, providing a faster ROI after a low initial investment, but our operators can also feel good about the work that they’re doing for the communities that they serve.”

In fact, Mosquito Joe was recently ranked number one in category and number 26 overall on Entrepreneur’s 2017 Franchise 500 list, as well as ranking as one of the Fastest Growing Franchises, Top Low-Cost Franchises and Top New Franchises by the publication. Additionally, we earned accolades from Inc., Franchise Business Review and Franchise Gator. It’s no surprise that the future is looking bright for our existing franchisees as well as the operators launching service for the first time this season.

In addition to the 20-plus new franchisees launching operations this spring, Mosquito Joe continues to target new areas across the U.S. that could benefit from their outdoor pest control services. High priority target states include New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Colorado, Wisconsin, Illinois, Mississippi, California and Utah.

“Now more than ever, it’s clear that there is a need for the quality of life improvements that our services provide in cities across the country,” Wilson said. “We are confident that our new operators are equipped to successfully tackle the extra buggy spring and summer months in new markets and that our seasoned operators will continue to serve as a trusted partner in their local communities.”


If you are interested in becoming your own boss and exploring the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity, please visit our website or give us a call. We’d love to answer your questions and get you started on the path to joining the MoJo family!

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