Mosquito Joe Named Fastest Growing Franchise for 2017

Franchise Gator named Mosquito Joe a Fastest Growing Franchise for 2017 in conjunction with the release of its annual Top 100 list. The online franchise directory developed the rankings to help prospective franchisees identify top opportunities with strong growth potential that are also affordable investments for the average franchise buyer.

For 2017, Franchise Gator selected 50 Top Emerging concepts and 100 Fastest Growing concepts. Top Emerging franchises are identified as rising concepts with 60 or fewer units. Fastest Growing franchises are those experiencing rapid expansion heading into the new year. The Top 100 list was created to identify franchise opportunities with strong growth potential but that are also more affordable investments to help the typical franchise buyer discover promising brands they might not have otherwise found. “This year we identified 100 franchise opportunities for the Fastest Growing category,” said Eric Bell, General Manager of Franchise Gator. “In addition to their track record for building a solid customer base and gaining the trust of investors, the opportunities were selected based on the number of opening and operating units the franchise has had over the past several months.”

Mosquito Joe CEO, Kevin Wilson, added, “We’re going to continue to expand into new markets and increase our footprint. There’s no doubt that 2017 is going to be another strong year for us, from both a development and educational perspective. We’re excited to grow into new territories this year, and ultimately take the Mosquito Joe brand to the next level.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity, please visit our Franchise Information Page and give us a call! We’d love to chat with you, answer your questions, and get you on the path to joining the MoJo family.


Mosquito Joe Ranks 26th on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500

We got some great news this week that has 2017 off to a fantastic start. We are thrilled to announce that Mosquito Joe ranks #26 overall AND #1 in the Pest Control category on Entrepreneur’s 2017 Franchise 500! The Franchise 500 is the “first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking in the world,” and we are grateful and honored to be recognized so highly among such a distinguished group of businesses.

So, how is the Franchise 500 ranking created? Back in July of 2016, Entrepreneur reached out to franchisors across the country and asked each to fill out an online form and submit their Franchise Disclosure Document. After receiving 988 submissions, Entrepreneur’s editorial team began reviewing each one for certain data points. The franchisors were scored based on more than 150 of these points, and the 500 companies with the highest overall score were ranked as the Franchise 500.

Entrepreneur uses a formula of certain factors to determine the ranking: The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500. These Five Pillars include Costs & Fees, Size & Growth, Support, Brand Strength, and Financial Strength & Stability. Within those pillars are more specific factors such as growth rate, total investment, and financing availability. Throughout the 38 years of the Franchise 500’s existence, Entrepreneur has modified these factors to reflect what is most important to the franchising world at that time. For example, social media presence has become a factor as it gains increasing marketing importance. All companies, regardless of size, are judged by the same criteria to make the final ranking as objective as possible.

2016 was an amazing year for Mosquito Joe. We grew from 113 territories open and 220 territories sold in 2015 to 171 territories open and 278 sold in 2016. Our 127 franchise owners are the heart of our business and help fuel our success each and every day. But we’re just getting started! CEO Kevin Wilson says, “We’re going to continue to expand into new markets and increase our footprint. There’s no doubt that 2017 is going to be another strong year for us, from both a development and educational perspective. We’re excited to grow into new territories this year, and ultimately take the Mosquito Joe brand to the next level.”

A huge thank you to our franchise partners across the country for making Mosquito Joe such an incredible company. Their engagement and enthusiasm for the business make honors like this possible. Another thank you to the Mosquito Joe Corporate staff for providing world-class support that makes our franchisees’ success possible.

If you are interested in learning more about the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity and joining one of the world’s leading franchise companies, visit our Franchise Information Website, and call us today. We can have you set up in time for spring and would love to have you as part of the MoJo family!


Become a Southern Star with Mosquito Joe in Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, Alabama is known for a lot of things. Not only is it the largest city in the state, but it was also the hub of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, is the home of America’s first Veterans Day celebration, and contains the world’s largest motorcycle museum. You probably know it for sayings like “Roll Tide!” as it’s home to the most dominant collegiate conference in the country (queue the debate!), or maybe its southern charm. Even Southern Living Magazine is published out of Birmingham, But, did you know it also holds a spot on the list of top 50 worst mosquito cities in the country? And since it’s right in the heart of the hot and humid southern United States, that isn’t likely to change any time soon.

Birmingham has huge potential as a Mosquito Joe location for several reasons. First of which is that our primary target (mosquitoes) thrives there, and demand for mosquito control is high. The long summer season works in a franchise owner’s favor as well by allowing more servicing and brand awareness time. Second, while there are competitors in the area, Birmingham offers a great opportunity to stake a claim in the mosquito control industry with Mosquito Joe. Having competitors means that residents in the area are already familiar with the general idea of mosquito control, which means that a franchise owner can spend less time at square one building awareness and more time differentiating Mosquito Joe from the other companies by proving the superiority of the services.

If you are interested in a Mosquito Joe franchise, there is no better time to invest! We are in the midst of scheduling our monthly training programs for new franchisees, otherwise known as MoJo University. This week-long comprehensive program takes new franchisees through all facets of owning a Mosquito Joe franchise including operations, marketing, finance, and more! These classes begin in October and run once a month through April of 2017.  New franchisees attend MoJo University on a continual basis as they join the system, so there is plenty of time to complete the training and open for the 2017 season!

On top of being able to attend an upcoming training, investing in a Mosquito Joe franchise now will allow you to attend our Annual Franchisee Convention this January! Convention gives us a chance to gather together for a few days in one place as a Mosquito Joe family. We spend time learning from one another, meeting new franchisees, sharing experiences, creating ideas, and celebrating our success. It’s a great opportunity to dive in head first and learn as much as possible before you open for business.

Lastly, this year is an especially great time to take action due to a higher than normal demand for mosquito control services as concerns about Zika virus spread. While we are not experts in the virus, we are experts in mosquito control, and are proud to be an added defense against mosquito-borne illnesses for homes across the country. With dozens of locally acquired cases nationwide and almost 30 cases in Alabama alone, Zika virus is sure to be top of mind for a lot of customers for a long time.

We are incredibly proud of our growth as a company over the last five years. This year, Mosquito Joe has over 165 territories open, over 270 territories sold, and 120 unique franchisees in 28 states. We ranked 128th on Inc. 5000’s list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America and are just getting started! If you are interested in the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity, please visit our franchise information page and contact us. We’d love to answer your questions and get you started on the path to becoming a franchise owner!


Mosquito Joe Makes Inc 5000 List

Mosquito Joe sold its first franchise in early 2013 and ever since, it’s been charging forward full throttle. We now have 169 territories open across 27 states. All that growth in just four years has definitely made the time fly for us. We have been very busy hosting prospective franchisees, training new franchisees, and supporting our Mosquito Joe locations as they launch and grow their businesses. As busy as we’ve been, in the middle of what we like to call “happy chaos,” it is easy for us to forget to take a step back and acknowledge the progress and milestones we’re reaching along the way.

That said, recently we ran face-first into a really exciting accomplishment that made us step back and really be proud of our company’s growth and success in our first year of franchising. Last week it was announced that Mosquito Joe made the 128 spot in Inc. 5000’s list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. That’s right, we made the top 3% of the list and we couldn’t be more proud!

“The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”

The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 433%. The companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period – a statistic in which we’re proud to be included.

Head Joe and CEO Kevin Wilson said “There’s no doubt that this is going to be another strong year for us, from both a development and educational perspective. We’re excited to grow into new territories this year, and ultimately take the Mosquito Joe brand to the next level.”

While we know in our hearts that this opportunity is a great one and that mosquito control is so important, to be recognized by Inc. was a big moment for Mosquito Joe. Thank you to all of our customers and franchisees who make this the amazing company it is, and of course our stellar corporate team as well (we’re not above tooting our own horn).

If you’re reading this and are curious about the opportunity, start exploring. If you think mosquito control is something you can’t do, you should know you don’t need pest control experience to get started. In fact, most of our franchisees don’t have any pest control experience or even small business experience. That’s part of what’s so great about our franchise system – we provide all the training and systems for you! So think about us. We’ll be here…and growing.


Multi-Brand Franchising in 2016

Multi-unit franchising is becoming more popular throughout the franchise industry, offering franchise owners the opportunity to expand in their market with an already successful business model.  But as this trend has gained popularity, franchisors and franchisees alike have started to look ahead at what’s next.  Multi-brand franchising takes this vision one step further by expanding into additional brands.

It’s important to understand the benefits of multi-brand franchising from both perspectives.  Such a move, if executed correctly, gives franchisors the opportunity to broaden their business portfolio by progressing as a franchising entity and gives franchisees the opportunity to diversify their business portfolio and branch out into new markets.  Other benefits for franchisees include:

  • New markets in a familiar territory – Sometimes franchisees have difficulty expanding with a single brand in one geographic area.  Multi-brand franchising provides an opportunity to generate more business in the same area by tapping a completely new market.  Familiarity with the territory will play in the franchisees’ favor for things like marketing and networking.  Brand awareness may also be easier if your current franchise is well-known in the area and has strong connections.
  • Diversify your financial portfolio – As most financial consultants will tell you, it’s best to diversify your financial portfolio rather than putting all of your money eggs in one basket.  The same holds true for business.  With the right amount of research, you can invest in high quality opportunities in different industries to increase your chance of success. Franchising allows you the structure to surround your investments without the risk of opening a business on your own.
  • Buying another brand under same franchisor – Assuming the franchisor is well-managed and maintains a successful business model, investing in another brand under the same umbrella allows the franchisees to use similar systems and networks rather than starting from scratch.
  • Resource and Idea Crossover – An article from puts it best:

    “Each franchise brand has its own proprietary operating system perfected over many years and many thousands of customer transactions. While the operating systems differ and must remain separate, sometimes elements of one can be applied to another, or to internal operations at the franchisee’s home office. The same holds true for marketing programs, recruiting methods, training, HR, and every other ingredient of franchising success. Keep them separate to maintain compliance, but look for areas to adapt good ideas across your organization.”

Multi-brand franchising is gaining popularity not only amongst franchisees but also among the franchisors.  Some of those benefits include:

  • Pre-existing infrastructure – From accounting and marketing to customer service and training, starting another franchise brand under the same umbrella provides the franchisor with existing resources to tap when developing a new vision.  Some vendors may overlap as well, especially those providing marketing and software services. While the details will be separate between franchises, many of the ideas and principles are similar, giving the franchisor a head start when creating a new brand.
  • New markets in a familiar territory – Similarly to the benefits provided franchisees, many franchisors have sold out of territories in particular markets, forcing them to turn away prospects looking to invest in that area.  Another brand gives the franchisor the ability to start over again in that market with a fresh opportunity.  It’s often advised by experienced multi-brand franchisors to make sure the brands have compatible customer bases, giving each business a solid base and referral network.  Likewise, brand awareness may be easier to achieve if additional businesses under that franchisor are doing well in their industries and succeeding.
  • Attract and reward current franchisees – Adding another brand gives franchisors something unique to offer their franchisees.  Franchisors could offer a franchise with the new brand at a special discount as an incentive to get current franchisees on board.  Additionally, overlapping brands will help consolidate the number of franchisees, which could make management slightly easier on the franchisor.

Some of our very own Mosquito Joe franchisees have first-hand experience with multi-brand franchising.  Check out what they have to say!

Trey Powell – Owner of Mosquito Joe of Lake Murray and a franchise in the financial industry

“I have found that development of multiple brands allows me to diversify my portfolio by doing what I do best… Growing a new business. This way I have control over the growth of my investments. Growing equity in a business is one of the best ways to build wealth. There is no way that my investments would ever grow as quickly through investing in the stock market. They also grow 100% tax deferred until you sell the business.”

Steve Brock – Owner of Mosquito Joe of Greensboro West and an ActionCOACH franchise

“The first benefit of multi-brand franchising is that I’ve been a business owner before, so there’s less general anxiety about opening a new one.  And with franchising, success comes from recognizing the value of the systems in place and not trying to change them. The relationships you have in the marketplace overlap as well which is a huge help; chambers of commerce, merchants associations, realtors, bankers, all of it.  Adding different concepts generally makes you a better business person and exposes you to different areas of the market.  Just like with finance, you can’t be all into one thing.”

Mosquito Joe has recently taken a leap into the multi-brand franchising world with the launch of a new brand Pool Scouts!  Pool Scouts is looking to professionalize the world of pool service and maintenance. With almost 10 million pools in the U.S., and a distinct lack of well-qualified, reputable, and national service companies to care for them, Pool Scouts is poised to make a splash in the industry. The company promises Perfect Pools, Scout’s Honor to pool owners across the U.S.

The decision to branch into other brands was always a goal of Mosquito Joe’s CEO Kevin Wilson:

“When we made the decision to become a multi-brand franchisor, we spent over a year understanding the various business models that successful multi-brand franchisors use and an equal amount of time understanding what our key strengths were in developing Mosquito Joe.  The question we asked was; ‘Can these strengths and skills be applied to other industries?’  Pool Scouts is the result of all this work and is the second of what I hope will be many different concepts we develop that will become a franchise opportunity for future business owners across the country.”

Pool Scouts and Mosquito Joe are sister companies under the umbrella of Buzz Franchise Brands.  If you are interested in learning more about either company, please visit their respective franchise information pages, and give us a call!  We are very excited about this new venture and can’t wait to make outside (backyards and pools) fun again for families across the country.


Zika Concerns Cause Mosquito Control Needs to Spike

If you’ve paid attention to the news lately, mosquitoes have been making regular headlines for yet another disease they spread.  As of April 18, 2016, 42 countries worldwide report active Zika virus transmission. Most are concentrated throughout Central and South America, however, countries in the Pacific Island and Africa also made the list. As of April 20, 2016, 40 U.S. states have reported 388 travel-associated Zika virus cases. No cases were acquired stateside.

 What Zika Means for Mosquito Control

While there is no cure for the Zika virus, avoiding mosquitoes is the best course of action for a strong defense. Earlier this month, the CDC held a conference to educate local state departments on prevention and their strongest recommendation is to reduce the mosquito population. Several states have already taken action. In Florida, a state of emergency was declared in areas where people have tested positive for the Zika virus and the Florida Department of Health is already conducting surveillance of mosquitoes to monitor whether the virus is present in living insects populations.

In Texas, the state’s health department has crafted an action plan in case of an outbreak and a team that will focus on potential birth defects from the virus. In Louisiana, the state health department is working to monitor both mosquitoes and people for the disease and is warning residents to make sure their homes are prepared by eliminating standing water.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also been proactive with making sure these local departments have all the information they need to tackle the issue. They have a Risk-Based Preparedness and Response Guide for states that’s available; unfortunately there isn’t much said about states providing mosquito control, which puts it back in the hands of home owners.

These warnings to be thoughtful about mosquito control around your home and eliminating breeding areas for mosquitoes have led to an increased number of calls for local Mosquito Joe owners.  With consumer concern rising, our professional mosquito control services are a bright light when considering the illnesses mosquitoes carry. We’re glad to be an added layer of defense to families wanting to take back their yards and enjoy the summer. Our certified technicians provide a service that is completely tailored to yards, making it a very effective way to keep yards healthy and itch-free, all while taking the guesswork out of the do-it-yourself approach.

If you check out our blog post published just last week with a Zika update,  you’ll read that due to lack of funding, over $500 million in unused Ebola crisis money has been re-dedicated to the fight against Zika. It’s a problem that doesn’t seem to have a quick solution in sight.

Becoming the Neighborhood Joe

The good news is that you can be the solution for your community by becoming the neighborhood hero. If you’ve been considering a franchise opportunity, the mosquito control industry is growing – and it’s growing quickly. This year we expect to have 170 mosquito control franchise locations open across 26 states.  You have a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a business that is helping in the fight against Zika virus and other mosquito borne illnessesA Mosquito Joe franchise is a high margin, seasonal business opportunity that can be run from virtually any home or office. For more information visit our website.


Entrepreneur Names Mosquito Joe Top New Franchise

Entrepreneur Top New FranchiseEvery year, Entrepreneur announces a list of franchisors who started franchising within the past five years based on objective, quantifiable criteria, including financial strength and stability, growth rate and system size. Franchisors on this list do all that while helpings other start their own businesses and achieve goals. Pretty amazing, right? We thought so, too. That’s why we’re incredibly honored to be named in Entrepreneur’s 2016 Top New Franchises. There are 75 business opportunities on the list, and we’re excited to be number 28.

Growth has been quick the past three years of franchising, thanks to the simple business model and excellent franchisees. This year Mosquito Joe will be servicing 55 new territories to reach a total of 112 by year end. When we started, our vision was to make Mosquito Joe a household name across the nation and that remains the goal even as we signed a deal in our 26th state. We’re so excited to see what our franchisees are going to be doing in their communities this year, and grateful for the opportunity to step back and be proud of all the hard work thanks to Entrepreneur Magazine!

This kind of award and recognition is a big win for everyone. For those of you who are shopping for a franchise opportunity and are digging into Mosquito Joe in detail, this is great third party validation. Financial strength and stability are cornerstones of this list, as they are your list when looking at business opportunities, so hearing an organization as reputable as Entrepreneur rank us among the top new franchises based on that is gratifying.  It’s also a direct reflection of the hard working franchisees in our system, and we couldn’t be more proud of them. While our growth rate and system size has been an incredible ride the past few years, we work hard to bring the right Joe into your neighborhoods to make them more enjoyable and safer places for your kids to play. This ranking is a huge honor and we couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come in 2016.

If you’re interested in learning more about our brand and the business opportunity, check out the Mosquito Joe franchise website for details and information.  No pest control experience is required, and you can be part of one of the “most promising business opportunities.”


Mosquito Joe Makes List of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Fastest Growing Franchises

As we’ve said again and again on this blog, Mosquito Joe has experienced amazing growth as a franchise within the last couple of years.  Just four years ago, we were a small mosquito control business with one location in Virginia.  At the end of 2015, we had 113 territories open in 26 states with dozens of franchise owners.  It’s easy for us to brag about our accomplishments, but it means a bit more when one of the nation’s leading business magazines recognizes them as well.  We are very excited to be on Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of Fastest Growing Franchises in 2016!

The list ranks 105 companies around the country from a variety of industries that are making a name in the franchise game.  Mosquito Joe placed 40th on the list, accompanied by big-name brands like Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, Supercuts, Rooter-Man, and many more.  Entrepreneur spoke with the CEOs and managers of the franchises ranked to find out their secret to success.  Across the board, franchises with a sustainable growth rate invest a lot of time into people; their franchise owners, staff, and customers.  Building a great network of people around a business is the key: “Take care of people, and the numbers take care of themselves.”

Franchising continues to be a huge industry in the U.S..  According to the Franchise Business Economic Outlook 2016, the number of franchise establishments is expected to grow by over 13,000 this year, bringing the national total to 795,932.  20,000 new jobs were created in the U.S. franchise industry last month alone, a great start to the report’s projections of 278,000 new franchise jobs by year’s end.  Amazingly, the franchise industry is expected to grow another 5.6% in 2016, adding $29 billion to the U.S. economy.

The franchise model offers aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to own their own business without the stress and risk of doing so alone.  The Mosquito Joe franchise model, for example, includes extensive training and ongoing support for each franchise owner to give everyone the best chance for success.

If you’re interested in learning more about franchising, check out the Mosquito Joe franchise website for details and information.  No pest control experience is required, and you can be part of the team helping make outside fun again for people across the country!


Charting the Course to Our 2016 Annual Convention

With our 2016 Annual Convention coming up, now is a great time of year to take a look back at how far we’ve come as a business.  From a small Mom and Pop mosquito control business in Virginia to a national franchise company, Mosquito Joe has really made a name for itself over the past three years with 113 territories open in 26 states.  Our Convention is a fun and productive chance for Mosquito Joe franchisees, Corporate staff, and outside vendors to meet and kick off the new year with a bang.  This is our opportunity to discuss the peaks and valleys of the previous year, brainstorm for the coming season, and of course, have some fun!  And since the sunshine brings out our best ideas, we’ll be heading down to Florida for the 2016 event.  We’ll hear from all of our franchisees, learn from industry experts, and give out a few awards along the way.  While we can’t wait for next week, here is a quick look back at the past couple of years to appreciate how far we’ve come.

1st Annual Convention 2014 2014 Mosquito Joe Convention Group posed on the stairs.

2013 was Mosquito Joe’s first year as a franchise company, opening 15 territories in 10 states.  Not bad!  The 2014 event was shrouded in nerves, not only because this was our first Convention, but because Virginia Beach was forecasted to have six inches of snow!  Some of you snow-bunnies may laugh, but that amount of snow is unheard of in Virginia and brings everything to a standstill.  Nevertheless, the weather cooperated, and we had a wonderful weekend filled with excitement, ideas, and go karts!


2nd Annual Convention 2015 2015 Mosquito Joe Convention Group

Last year’s Convention was so exciting because of our company’s tremendous growth in its second year as a franchise.  We jumped from 15 territories in 10 states to 39 territories in 21 states!  The event theme was Making Waves in 2015 as we brought everyone together to assess the previous year and collaborate on great ideas for the following year.  As usual, we learned and laughed with speakers, welcomed new faces to the MoJo family, and presented standout awards to several franchisees.


3rd Annual Convention 2016 

unnamed (1)As we’ve said again and again, 2015 was our best year to date.  We had 113 territories open in 26 states, completely blowing our first two years out of the water.  Speaking of water, our theme this year is Charting the Course.  With a few years under our belts now, we want to make this the best Convention yet!  We’ll be welcoming over 20 vendors who assist in our day-to-day operations from marketing and graphics to operations and product sales.  There will also be several breakout sessions throughout the course of the event to allow franchisees the opportunity to meet in smaller groups and learn about specialized topics like grassroots marketing and mosquito control technology.  Of course, we’ll have our annual awards dinner to recognize stellar franchisee performances from the past year too.

If you want to be involved in next year’s Convention, take a look at our Franchise page for more information on how you can become a Mosquito Joe franchise owner.


Franchise Business Review Top Franchises 2016

When we started franchising three years ago, we had a goal to become the leading name in mosquito control. With all the growth and success we’ve experienced, not only have we accomplished that goal, but we feel like we’ve done that with our next goal always at the forefront of our minds. We wanted to grow while creating a company that people truly enjoy and creating a culture that centered around our franchisees.

FBR-winnerThis week, we got some great news that makes us even more excited for things to come this year. We are very excited to announce that Mosquito Joe has made Franchise Business Review‘s annual Top Franchises of 2016 list. Of all the lists we’ve made this one is important to us. Why? Because this list is the highest ranked franchises based on franchisee satisfaction. That’s right, it’s ranked by those who work with us everyday…our franchisees.

We know it’s a great business opportunity, but hearing that our franchisees are as happy as we are is the icing on the cake for us. Mosquito Joe gives you a great franchise opportunity in a fast-growing industry, providing a service that benefits your community and makes you feel good about your business, all while offering you the flexibility of a seasonal business. Our seasoned leadership team has over eighty years of franchise experience, and they’ve always got your back. But, don’t take our word for it. Check out the FBR Top Franchises for 2016 list and do your own research. We’re on page twenty four, and we can’t wait to talk to you about making outside fun again in your neighborhood.