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!

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Death and Taxes…and Mosquitoes

Benjamin Franklin once said two things in life are certain: death and taxes. At Mosquito Joe we agree with that, but we also know depending where you live, mosquitoes are pretty certain, too. About the time you mail off those tax forms when the April 15 deadline approaches, it is also the time warmer temperatures and mosquito hatchings have arrived. As you’re gearing up, tax professionals are wrapping up, but not all tax businesses are ready to see their stream of business or customers end.

We have always known how well our business opportunity complemented other seasonal businesses, and we have seen some amazing growth in our franchisees that own tax businesses! As tax season draws to a close we’re excited to introduce you to three of our Mosquito Joe owners who also happen to own tax businesses.

Chad Armstrong: Mosquito Joe of East Texas

chadThere’s no doubt Chad Armstrong has the entrepreneurial bug. (Pun intended.) After graduating from the University of Texas in 1995, he worked for the Farmers Insurance Group for 12 years until he realized that he wanted to have more of a voice in the work he did. In 1997 he started his own insurance agency and then opened nine Liberty Tax locations. When asked why he went into the mosquito business, he replied, “I was looking for ways to keep my employees working year-round. Tax is a seasonal business and I wanted to provide them with a full time job, and mosquito season happens to occur outside of the tax business period.” After three years in business in East Texas, we have a feeling the mosquitoes aren’t missed around their parts.

Brooke Thompson: Mosquito Joe of West Houston

Brooke_Van_CloseupAs the manager of Liberty Tax and a hard money lending business for residential real estate investors, Brooke jokes that he continues to “gravitate to messy industries.” We think mosquitoes are messy too (more so when you smack them) which is why we’re glad he’s in the Mosquito Joe family to make sure West Houston and Galveston, TX has less swatting and more enjoying. He was born and bred in Houston, and he even has his Juris Doctor. He loves that Mosquito Joe gives him a steady flow of business year round, but it was the catchy colors and slogans along with our dedication to customer service that sealed the deal. “I chose Mosquito Joe because they’ve got good branding and they have great customer service scores.” With a high focus on customer service, we know Brooke is always taking great care of his Mosquito Joe customers. Best of luck this season, Brooke!

Liberty Tax and Mosquito Joe owner Trey PowellTrey Powell: Mosquito Joe of Lake Murray, SC

Three years ago, Trey and his wife Cindy, built their dream home on Lake Carolina in northeast Columbia, SC. The first night they moved in they were welcomed to the lake by billions of pesky bugs and mosquitoes covering the windows and outside of their house. After a year of trying different things to get rid of the insects, Trey and his wife asked Mosquito Joe to come out and spray their yard and home. Trey was so impressed with the service, he became very interested in the brand and a month later he decided to buy his first territory in Lexington. From customer to franchisee, that’s an endorsement we love to see (and Trey’s not the only one in that category). Trey worked with Liberty Tax Service for several years and had developed franchises in Virginia that he sold 12 years ago to move to South Carolina. He then developed over 100 Liberty Tax Stores in the state and is still currently working as an area developer for the brand.

Mosquito Joe Franchise Opportunities

Mosquito Joe gives you a great franchise opportunity in a fast-growing industry, providing a service that continues to help you benefit your community and makes you feel good about the service you’re providing. Owning a Mosquito Joe provides the independence of running your own business with a strong foundation of guidance and support from an established corporate office. Our leadership includes over 80 years combined in franchise knowledge, marketing and operations support, and a team that is always on your side. For more information on why Mosquito Joe, visit our website or contact us to learn how you can become a Mosquito Joe franchise partner.

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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.”

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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.

 

 

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Franchise Training at MoJo University

Lots of people assume that things slow down for us after the mosquito control season ends for the year, but 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 last week we had the pleasure of hosting yet another week at MoJo University.  For December, we had trainees that spanned from Michigan all the way to Louisiana. We had new franchisees from College Park, Maryland and Western Michigan get training under their belts, while other franchisees took the opportunity to send their new office managers through the program.

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.  Last week hosted the second training session for 2016 franchise location 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.

Mosquito Joe of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill in North Carolina sent their new office manager, Anne Johnson to MoJo University for the week. With a background providing strategic services for nonprofits and private organizations and business,  she wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the training program, but says she was pleasantly surprised. “With no pest control experience, I was worried four days wouldn’t be enough to get me where I needed to be. I am still amazed at the amount of information that was taught and the skill with which it was presented. The corporate team was awesome, and I can’t wait to put all the excellent ideas to use in our 2016 season.”

MoJo University training sessions are 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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Mosquito Control Questions Got You Down?

As you’re researching franchise opportunities, and specifically the mosquito control industry, we know there are often questions that go along with an industry with which you might not be familiar. The mosquito control industry may not even be one that you’ve considered because well, we don’t all have mosquito or pest control experience. But don’t fret, we have good news for you.

There are many benefits to the Mosquito Joe system and one of them is that you don’t need any pest control experience. When you join the Mosquito Joe family, you get all the mosquito control training you need right here at MoJo Headquarters. Pretty awesome, right? Our system offers franchisees the benefits of our established brand and the ability to start up quickly. Because you don’t have to “invent the wheel,” you can focus on your strengths and skills as an entrepreneur since we have solutions in place to recruit and service customers. (Not to mention the team we have in place with over 80 years of combined experience in business, operations and marketing.) As you start looking into a mosquito control business opportunity, some of your most frequently asked questions are also frequently asked questions from our customers. So here are a few answers to get your research started.

  • What products do you use?
    We use two primary products in our mosquito treatment. Our main barrier spray products use synthetic forms of pyrethrins called pyrethroids. Pyrethrins are the natural byproduct of the Chrysanthemum flower. Synthetic pyrethroids have a similar chemical structure as the pyrethrins, and are used in numerous commercial products such as household insecticides, pet shampoos and sprays, and even lice shampoos. The products themselves are water-based, mixed in water and will not harm plants. We also use a natural garlic spray, similar to the garlic in your kitchen but more strong and potent. We use this product around ponds, vegetable gardens, flowering shrubs and flowers, so as not to harm aquatic life and pollinators. All products are EPA approved.
  • What if it rains after my yard has been treated?
    As long as your yard has had adequate time to dry after the application of your treatment (approximately 30 minutes), rain should not impact the effectiveness of your mosquito control service. However, our MoJo Guarantee ensures that if you are not completely satisfied with the effectiveness of our barrier spray services, we will return to your yard to re-spray your property and ensure you are mosquito-free until your next scheduled service.
  • But my city has a truck that comes around and sprays, why do homeowners need this service?
    The Mosquito Joe van works a little differently than that city truck! A city mosquito truck sprays a dense fog hoping to eradicate adult mosquitoes. Their service can only reach mosquitoes in close proximity to the truck. Our technicians are trained to provide a custom treatment for each individual property or situation. They will walk your property each visit and treat it with a methodology specific to your yard.

As we said before, these questions are just a few that you’ll start to explore while you’re researching the MoJo opportunity. Owning a Mosquito Joe provides the independence of running your own business with the strong foundation of guidance and support from an established corporate office. Mosquito control is also a fast growing and emerging industry – one that will make you the neighborhood hero!

There are a couple of great reasons to join Mosquito Joe before the end of 2015, too. You can meet our fast-growing group of franchise partners at our Annual Convention in February and learn from their experience. You can also be trained and ready to showcase your new business in home shows as these typically take place early in the year and are a great way to get customers and build brand awareness. To continue your research on Mosquito Joe, visit our franchise website or contact us to learn how you can become a Mosquito Joe franchise partner in your area.

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FranTech Conference 2015

The FranTech Conference is officially underway!  This annual conference, sponsored by the International Franchise Association, provides the latest information in technology and digital marketing to franchise professionals.  Mosquito Joe’s Marketing Director, Angela Zerda, is attending this year’s conference to learn about the latest innovations and make 2016 a great year for the franchise.

“FranTech is a great opportunity to converse with other franchise and digital marketing companies about the ever-changing online landscape. It’s a great opportunity to learn best practices and explore new ideas for Mosquito Joe that will benefit our franchisees at a local level as well as the national brand,” said Zerda.

This year’s conference Featured Speakers include Mike Walsh and Jeremy Lynch.  Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a consulting agency that helps businesses navigate the chaos of modern technology.  Lynch works on Facebook’s Small and Medium Business Community team, which helps local businesses understand how to best use the platform for growth and connectivity.  Other speakers include representatives from Google, the Dwyer Group, and FASTSIGNS.

The conference also features a Think Tank, where attendees can network with one another to discuss and discover how other businesses manage marketing and technology tactics.  Smaller breakout sessions focus on specialized topics such as mobile marketing, the virtual workplace, and Google Analytics, among others.

After Day One of the conference Zerda reported, “Some of the most interesting conversations were around the incredible growth of the mobile landscape over even just the past year.  With consumers depending on mobile devices for solutions to their immediate needs, it is imperative that we are well-positioned there.”

Check out the conference brochure here.

FranTech 2015 is one of many franchise-focused conferences held around the country every year designed to keep franchise professionals informed, educated and learning from each other.  Mosquito Joe prioritizes attending conferences like FranTech so we can continue to drive our business goals and provide the best resources for both franchisees and customers.  We strive to use the most effective marketing and technology solutions to boost productivity, grow the business and make outside fun again.

Stay tuned to this blog for the latest in franchise news and development.

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Understanding Your Franchise Fee with Mosquito Joe

As we’ve mentioned here many times, Mosquito Joe is experiencing amazing growth on our quest to make outside fun again.  The 2015 season saw 114 franchise locations open across 24 states, with many more expected to be added in 2016.  If you’ve been thinking about a new business opportunity in an exploding market, we hope you consider Mosquito Joe in your plans for next year.  We are ecstatic to be growing so quickly and are really looking forward to another year in the franchise business!

Those looking into the outdoor pest control market should note that signing with Mosquito Joe before the end of October will save you $5,000!  On November 1st , our one-time franchise fee will increase from $20,000 to $25,000.  If you’ve been exploring franchising as an option, you may find yourself wondering what exactly all these fees include.  This breakdown of the Mosquito Joe franchise fee will hopefully make the process easy to understand and evaluate.  Our franchisees are the core of this business, so we want anyone coming on board to feel like they are getting the best bang for their buck!

Exclusive Market

Perhaps most importantly, the fee promises market exclusivity to the franchisee for whichever territories have been purchased.  Something not often found among other franchise businesses, this means that once awarded the territory, you are the only person who can market to and service customers in that area.

“Join the Club”

After signing agreements, franchisees are required to come to Mosquito Joe headquarters in Virginia Beach to attend MoJo University.  The franchise fee contributes to this comprehensive, 4-day training that covers everything from equipment operation and brand compliance to marketing strategies and best business practices.  Here, franchisees get a chance to learn the business inside-out and work with the corporate team closely before officially opening for business.

Ongoing Support

From the initial signing to opening day and beyond, you will probably have a lot of questions.  The franchise fee partially covers all support you receive from the Mosquito Joe team moving forward including marketing, operations, and call center support.

Mosquito Joe continues to beat out the competition when it comes to the cost of opening a franchise in the outdoor pest control market.  Franchise Business Review even ranked MoJo as one of the Top Low Cost Franchises in the country.  You can find all of the details and steps to ownership on our franchise website.  Please contact us with any questions.  We would love to get you on the path to being a fellow Joe!

 

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Could You Help in the Battle Against Vector Borne Disease?

This time of year can be tricky as the weather fluctuates between warm and cool. Most parts of the country are seeing a break in humidity and heat, but may not know that mosquitos will stay active until the temperature stays below 55 degrees and some areas see mosquito activity year round. This makes vector borne disease a year round health issue and an ongoing problem.

Just last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their reports and there have been 493 cases of West Nile reported in 40 states. It seems every day there is a new headline about West Nile being diagnosed in a new area of the country. West Nile Virus is usually spread by mosquitoes and can cause serious neurological problems, so it is important to be aware of the symptoms. You can read our past blog post for more detailed information about the disease and its symptoms.

Vector borne diseases don’t stop there. Lyme Disease this year has been another illness causing major health issues, so we’ve been closely monitoring tick activity. The CDC reports that every year around 300,000 people are infected with Lyme disease! In late 2014 scientists discovered a whole new tick-borne virus and we have been seeing the first cases pop up in the U.S. this year. Bourbon Virus is now on the radar as yet another disease spread by ticks.

If you’ve been considering a franchise opportunity, the mosquito control industry is growing – and it’s growing quickly. This year, we have 114 mosquito control franchise locations open across 23 states and next year is going to be even bigger. California and Texas have the highest number of West Nile cases and we’ve got available markets in each area. No matter where you live, you have a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a business that is helping in the fight against these diseases. A Mosquito Joe franchise is a high margin, seasonal business opportunity that can be run from virtually any home or office. Plus, our franchisee fee goes up on November 1, so sign before then and save $5,000.  And hey, who doesn’t want to be the neighborhood hero?

Visit our website for more information.

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Join Mosquito Joe Before the End of October and SAVE!

Mosquito Joe is experiencing amazing growth, providing mosquito control services for neighborhoods across the country and bringing relief from pesky bugs like mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.  This year, we have 114 mosquito control franchise locations open across 23 states, and we couldn’t be more excited about what the next year will bring.  If you’ve been thinking about a new business opportunity, we hope the next year includes you!

The mosquito control industry is an emerging, high growth market experiencing widespread acceptance as a service homeowners and businesses value and desire.  News about West Nile Virus and other vector borne illnesses is popping up almost daily, and mosquito populations are thriving.  A Mosquito Joe franchise is a high margin, seasonal business opportunity that can be run from virtually any home or office.  While it’s a great stand-alone opportunity, it also nicely complements an existing business.  And if you join us before November 1st, you can save $5,000 on our already low franchise fee.

Jeff Holmes, a Mosquito Joe franchise owner in South Shore, Kentucky explains why he chose an opportunity to join the MoJo team: “I see Mosquito Joe as an opportunity to help families just like ours get back outside and enjoy their yards. The company’s slogan is, “Making outside fun again.” This really resonated with my wife and I. The mosquito season coincides with my teaching profession, so I still get to work with my students. I’ve always wanted to own my own business and this one seems to “fit us like a glove.”’

Top Reasons to Join Mosquito Joe Before the End of 2015

Contact us soon to take advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Meet our fast-growing group of franchise partners at our Annual Convention in February and learn from their experiences
  • Be trained and ready to showcase your business at home shows in your area (these typically take place early in the year and are a great way to attract customers while building brand awareness in your community)
  • Save $5,000 if you sign by the end of October – our one-time franchise fee will increase from $20,000 to $25,000 effective November 1, 2015

This is definitely an opportunity you can’t afford to miss. And who doesn’t want to be the neighborhood hero? Take the first step by giving us a call today at 855-564-6563 or by filling out our online information request form.

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