We are currently in the height of mosquito season, and even though this is the busiest time of year for our franchise owners, it’s important to reflect on our sixth year of franchising and all that we’ve accomplished up to this point. What started as a mom-and-pop business in Virginia Beach, Virginia has now grown into a national franchise in 34 states providing a much-needed service to tens of thousands of families. Let’s take a look back at our journey!
The original Mosquito Joe business was created in 2010 as a local operation in Virginia Beach, VA. The current CEO of our parent company, Kevin Wilson, met with the original owners to talk about plans for expansion. He was impressed with the concept and believed he could take the business further. Those plans became a reality, and by the end of 2013, Mosquito Joe had 15 territories open across five states. But that was just the beginning… By the end of 2014, Mosquito Joe had 34 territories open across 14 states. 2015 recorded 113 open territories across 20 states. 2016 had 171 territories open in 24 states. 2017 boasted 234 territories open in 32 states. And 2018 is expected to have over 280 territories open across 34 states. This type of growth is rare, and it’s hard to believe that in just six years, Mosquito Joe has been able to service nearly 100,000 families nationwide.
Not only has Mosquito Joe expanded across the country, but because of our growth and the passion of our franchisees, we are able to travel to some pretty cool places for our annual franchisee convention. The 2014 and 2015 conventions were held in Virginia Beach, Virginia to keep things close to home and garner as much attendance as possible. 2016 brought the team down to Clearwater, Florida so we could enjoy some warm weather in January. And we loved it so much, that we went even further south for our 2017 and 2018 conventions to Cancun, Mexico! This convention is our biggest event of the year, bringing together franchisees, Corporate staff, and vendors to socialize, learn from one another, and have some fun.
But none of this growth would be possible without the Corporate team who not only launched this brand to its successful status today, but continues to support it and its franchisees on a daily basis. The original team from 2013 included six people. Today, Mosquito Joe is home to a staff of over 45 of the hardest working people in franchising.
Our growth is extremely impressive, but our franchisees and their services are what is gaining us national attention. We are honored to have received various accolades over the years including, Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500, Inc. Magazine’s 5000 of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies, and Franchise Business Review’s Top Franchise Award, among others. But our most coveted award is the Best Places to Work Award from Inc. Magazine. This is a testament to our franchisees and our Corporate staff who all create an empowering work environment and make it a joy to be part of this company.
If you would like to join us for year seven of our journey to become to leading mosquito control business in the country, please contact us about our franchise opportunities. We are currently accepting candidates for our 2019 class and would love to have you on board.