Mosquito Joe Recognized by Leading Industry Publications as Top Franchise Opportunity for 2017

Mosquito Joe has been raising the bar in the pest control industry since it began franchising in 2013. Its unrivaled services make the outdoors fun again—the brand’s thorough sprays and backyard treatments create a strong barrier between families and mosquitoes. That’s why it’s no surprise that consumers across the country are increasingly relying on Mosquito Joe to rid their yards of pests. Especially as mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile and the Zika virus continue to pose a threat, demand for the brand’s services is at an all-time high. But that rise in demand isn’t limited to consumers—Mosquito Joe’s franchise opportunity is also growing at record breaking rates. And the franchising industry is taking note.

Mosquito Joe has been ranked number one in category and number 26 overall on Entrepreneur’s 2017 Franchise 500 list. The brand earned that spot through a combination of its affordable costs and fees, impressive size and growth, strong support, promising brand strength and financial strength and stability. After receiving nearly 1,000 applications, Entrepreneur recognized that Mosquito Joe’s franchise opportunity stood out as one of the best for the year ahead, especially in the maintenance services segment.

“We’re incredibly excited and honored to be ranked so highly on Entrepreneur’s coveted Franchise 500 list. As a corporate team, we’re constantly working to improve our systems for our franchisees, so it’s great to see that hard work being recognized,” said Kevin Wilson, Mosquito Joe’s CEO. “We’re going to use this ranking as a strong jumping off point for the new year—Mosquito Joe will build on the momentum Entrepreneur’s ranking gives us by continuing to welcome top tier franchisees into our system in communities across the country.”

Entrepreneur isn’t the only industry publication recognizing Mosquito Joe’s strong potential for growth in 2017. The brand’s franchise opportunity also earned the top spot on Franchise Gator’s list of the new year’s fastest growing franchises. Not only does the number one ranking signal that Mosquito Joe is experiencing rapid expansion, it also shows that the brand is creating an environment in which its franchisees can thrive.

It’s clear that Mosquito Joe’s existing local owners back up that claim. The brand was also named one of the top 200 franchises of 2017 by Franchise Business Review. This ranking differs from the Franchise 500 and Franchise Gator in that it’s determined based on feedback from existing franchisees. That means Mosquito Joe’s owners gave the brand high scores when it comes to franchisee satisfaction.

Heading forward into the new year, Mosquito Joe plans to build on the momentum provided by these coveted rankings. With plans to partner with even more franchisees in key development markets like Colorado and Mississippi in the first quarter of the year alone, the brand will continue to position itself as the leading pest control franchise. And with 170-plus units already successfully operating, it’s clear that the brand’s system is working.

“Our goal for 2017 is to continue working with top quality franchisee candidates. The passionate and dedicated local owners currently operating in our system are ultimately the reason we received such high ratings from Entrepreneur, Franchise Gator and Franchise Business Review. That’s a trend we want to continue,” said Angela Paules, vice president of marketing at Mosquito Joe. “We’re looking forward to expanding our footprint and growing in new territories throughout the new year.”

ABOUT MOSQUITO JOE
Virginia Beach, VA-based Mosquito Joe provides mosquito control treatment to residential and commercial customers nationwide. Technicians are trained mosquito control experts dedicated to getting rid of mosquitoes so people can enjoy being outside again. While each Mosquito Joe is an independently owned franchise that offers customers reliable and effective service from a trusted community member, it is also backed by a national network of technical expertise. For more information or franchising opportunities, visit http://www.mosquitojoefranchise.com.

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Women of Mosquito Joe: Tiffany Farmer

If there is one thing we have learned it is that there are many misconceptions about women in the pest control industry! So while we could write a blog post about the pest control industry and 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 the Women of Mosquito Joe, 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 chatted with Tiffany Farmer of Mosquito Joe of New Orleans. After speaking with a Mosquito Joe franchisee who just happened to be their neighbors, Tiffany and her husband Terry decided it was the perfect fit. Some say the mosquito is the state bird of Louisiana so Tiffany felt a strong urge to protect herself and her family, but also her community.

What is your role in the Mosquito Joe business?

My role in the business is running the day to day operations. I get the technicians ready and on their routes, then I take the calls and answer questions and sign customers up. You could say I do it all…except spraying 😉 

How do you balance this with your family or home life?

The balance between home and work life is pretty easy. I work from home, so that makes it simple for me. I set a time of day when work is done and then I switch over to family. You have to find the right balance that fits for you, and thankfully Mosquito Joe is the perfect balance for us.

When considering opening your own business, why did you choose Mosquito Joe?

I choose Mosquito Joe because it didn’t feel like just another franchise, it felt like a family. To me, family is the most important thing so why not work with family and make a living? It’s really fun for us and was definitely the right choice. 

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 do not find the pest control business to be dirty. Everything from our van and the way our technicians provide the service is so well organized that it doesn’t FEEL like pest control.  This brand is awesome because no one likes mosquitoes, we get rid of them, and more importantly we get to make outside fun again for families.

We’re so proud Tiffany and Terry are a part of the Mosquito Joe family. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of New Orleans and their mosquito treatment services in Louisiana, be sure to check out their website and read more about what they offer. And if you’re interested in the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. You could be the next Woman of Mosquito Joe!

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Franchisee Training

This week we are very excited to welcome our first group of 2016 franchisees to Mosquito Joe Headquarters for new franchisee training!  While many assume that things slow down for us after our corporate-owned Virginia Beach Mosquito Joe location wraps up service for the year, that’s not actually the case.  We are constantly working to serve and educate our franchisees (new and existing), so they can develop a strong business, and this week we’re opening the doors of MoJo University for another year.  No rest for the weary!

Some of you might be wondering, what is MoJo University?

Part of what sets Mosquito Joe apart as a franchise is its system of ongoing training and support.  MoJo University is a comprehensive, four-day training program at the corporate office in Virginia Beach, Virginia that all new franchise owners must attend and complete before opening for business.  This week launches the first training session for 2016 franchise openings. The course is designed to educate franchisees in all aspects of Mosquito Joe including operations and equipment, customer service, financial planning, and marketing.  Since no previous pest control experience is necessary to own a Mosquito Joe franchise, this training is crucial to getting new locations up and running. It’s just the beginning of the amazing support Mosquito Joe Corporate offers franchisees from day one.

Chris Whiteside, a new franchise owner from Newtown, Pennsylvania says, “I’m looking forward to my week of training, so I can begin to focus on the details around our business. Through the purchasing process, I knew I wanted a seasonal business, and the uniqueness of the brand and the untapped market in my area led me to Mosquito Joe. As I begin the process, I continue to be confident in our location and look forward to the experience.”

Joining Chris at training this week are Rachael Mann from Highland Park, Illinois, Whitney Mastropierro from Westhampton, New York, Steve Brock from Summerfield, North Carolina, and David and Dale Maginness from Overland Park, Kansas.  David Maginness opened his location, Mosquito Joe of East Johnson County, in 2015 but is coming through MoJo University again for a refresher with a year of service under his belt. This time he’s bringing his father, who is one of his technicians, to increase his skill-set as well.

MoJo University training sessions are also a great time for new franchisees to get to know our stellar corporate team and get all their questions answered about running a mosquito control business.  We’re excited to kick off this next year of training. If you’re interested in learning more about our training and support, please contact a franchise development representative at franchising@mosquitojoe.com.

 

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