Women of MoJo: Anne Johnson

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, Anne Johnson.  Anne is the Owner of Mosquito Joe of the Sandhills, servicing Fayetteville, NC and the surrounding areas. She decided to purchase her own MoJo franchise after working as an office manager at another location. I guess you could say she caught the bug for franchising! Check out our talk with Anne below.

What motivated you to get involved in Mosquito Joe?

The motivation came from my daughter, Julie Green, who just happens to work at the corporate office. She called me one day after I had just resigned from my corporate job with plans to semi-retire and asked me if I would be interested in working for one of the Mosquito Joe franchisees who had an office manager opening. She told me I could work remotely which has always been appealing to me as I have been able to work from home for most of my career. This gave me the opportunity to see just how happy customers were with the products and service. I also saw how happy my daughter was and how the company nurtured her growth and expanded her career path and that made me think about possibly purchasing my own franchise. After discussion with my husband and stepson, we realized that the Sandhills area of North Carolina was available – which is where we live. My stepson, Jonathan Johnson, and I purchased the franchise in 2016 and opened for business in April of 2017.

How would you describe the Mosquito Joe community?

The startup of a Mosquito Joe franchise is absolutely the best. You are provided with all the tools and information you need so that you can focus on building your business. All aspects of what they promise you as a franchisee are more than fulfilled, from business coaching to the latest and greatest in marketing – the corporate team does a tremendous job. Also, other franchisees across the country are available to answer questions and assist you in any way. Our customers are the most appreciative I have ever had the opportunity to service throughout my career. All the support provided by corporate and other franchisees keeps me free to make sure that we provide the best customer service to our customers.

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

Mosquito Joe allows women the ability to balance their work and home life. As a grandmother, I have babysat for my grandchildren while routing vans for the next workday. My grandson even has a makeshift office for himself when he comes to spend the week during the summer. He is already learning how to answer the phone. One of the happiest moments last summer was when I heard him walk down the hall with his play phone. I heard him say “Mosquito Joe. How can I help you?” The system is set up to work with you in maintaining a life balance and not against you. 

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?

The neat and clean appearance of our technicians each day removes any ideas that this is a “dirty” industry for men or women. The bug itself may present itself as “dirty” but honestly, everything about our operation is clean and pristine – from the clean appearance of our technicians, to inside and outside of our vans. 

What do you find most empowering about your job?

I love that I have direct interaction with our customers and our technicians. I enjoy the multi-tasking that takes place every day in order to own and operate your own business. All of this keeps me stimulated and motivated. As an entrepreneur, I understand that I have total control of the success of my company – and that alone empowers me every day to provide the best customer service possible.


We’re so proud Anne and her family are a part of the Mosquito Joe family. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of the Sandhills and their mosquito treatment services in North Carolina, 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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Professional Development in Franchising

Depending on your current work environment, the term “professional development” may be something of a myth. Allowing employees the opportunity to further their skill sets is something many companies strive to provide but often come up short in doing. This is unfortunate because professional development can not only improve the efficiency of the workplace, but it can give employees confidence and innovation in their own work.

This is particularly important in the franchise industry where there is constant change, constant competition, and so many ways of doing the same thing. Whether it’s attending a conference, taking an online course, or going to a networking lunch, professional development is important to pursue as an employer and an employee to make sure you and your company are always on top of your game. As an example, here are a few reasons why attending industry conferences can be beneficial to you:

  1. Learn about your industry. It’s easy to think you know everything there is to know about your industry. You work in it every day, it’s all you think about! But attending conferences can expose you to knowledge and resources you may not have discovered before. It can also open you up to outside perspectives that can offer a fresh take on your business.
  2. Networking. Meeting other professionals in your own and ancillary industries can re-inject you with new ideas to bring back to the workplace. It also helps to know fellow professionals you can ask for future advice on the job.
  3. Learn from the Best. One of the ways the host(s) of the conference will attract attendees is by having one or more keynote speakers and panelists address the audience throughout the event. These speakers have spent years gathering expertise in your industry, which means they have something important to say, and it would bode you well to listen.
  4. Resources. Oftentimes, conferences will share the powerpoint presentations with attendees after the event, meaning you have material to bring back to work and share with your colleagues. This is on top of all the notes and observations of your own.

Recently, our Vice President of Marketing, Angela Paules, traveled to Atlanta, GA to attend the Franchise Consumer Marketing Conference, and it was a huge success! Angela was able to network with other franchise professionals, soak up marketing ideas from other franchise systems, and even share her own knowledge as a panelist in a marketing session.

Mosquito Joe highly values professional development, which is why the company encourages all corporate employees to explore opportunities in their field. These include quarterly Lunch and Learns, industry conferences, support through the Certified Franchise Executive course (CFE), and more! Benefits like this not only contribute to our employees’ professional journeys, but they also help us support our franchise partners and create a better system for everyone.

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Lead the Pack with a Mosquito Joe Franchise in Wisconsin!

Why is Mosquito Joe a great franchise opportunity?

There are quite a few things that set Wisconsin apart from the other 49 states of America. Known as “America’s Dairyland,” Wisconsin is one of the leading dairy producers in the U.S., especially famous for its cheese. But it doesn’t stop there. With 496 miles of national recreational trails, 635 rock climbing routes, 47 state parks and 4 national parks, 368 campground locations, and multiple lakes and rivers, Wisconsin is high on the list of outdoor enthusiast’s favorite places to live. These are just some of the reasons Wisconsin has major potential to become the home of Mosquito Joe’s next franchise location.

If you’re looking for a franchise opportunity in Wisconsin and need some additional convincing to join the Mosquito Joe family, we’ve got you covered! Check out these reasons why Wisconsin is a great market for the mosquito control industry:

  • The seasonality of our business is perfect for people who are looking for time off throughout the year to focus on other work or for free time. A short season also means that residents will take advantage of the warm weather by spending the summer months outdoors in their yards. This guarantees the need for mosquito control.
  • Major markets like Green Bay and Madison attract exactly our type of target demographic; single family homeowners, families, parents, pet-owners, and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • These cities also have a vibrant outdoor culture, meaning that residents in the area want to spend their free time outside. You can help them do that mosquito-free! There are also a lot of outdoor-oriented businesses in need of mosquito control services to prevent their customers from getting bitten.
  • Mosquito Joe is one of the fastest growing franchises in the industry because of the recurring revenue model and opening of new locations across the country. It is also one of the lowest priced franchises in the outdoor services industry.
  • You will be a member of a franchise that exceeds industry averages. We are known for high satisfaction rates. Nothing feels better than knowing that you’re making a difference and that your customers are happy with the work you’ve done.

So, what’s in it for you?

  • You will finally know what it feels like to become a trusted partner of a business. You get to better the community, heighten summer fun, and help make outside fun again.
  • You will have the privilege of working outside and serving the community instead of being stuck behind a desk during the summer.
  • Join a team of good-natured people, and a feel-good environment. We like to have fun and make people smile here at Mosquito Joe.
  • Low investment means limited staff needed, and no retail location build out is necessary. You can run your business out of your home like many of the franchisees.
  • In addition to already low franchise costs, there are discount opportunities for applicable candidates, especially those in the military and law enforcement.
  • Our team of experts at corporate provides constant support and training in marketing, customer service, and finance. In other words, prior experience is not required! We will teach you everything you need to know to be successful.

When you decide to become a member of the Mosquito Joe family, you will be welcomed to the corporate headquarters located in Virginia Beach, where your questions will be answered, you will meet the corporate staff, you will tour the office, and get to know us as we get to know you. From there, you will attend MoJo University (our comprehensive training program), which will prepare you for all facets of your business prior to launch.

If you are interested in franchising with Mosquito Joe, in Wisconsin or elsewhere, please visit our Franchise Information webpage and contact our team today for more information! We’d love to get you on the road to joining the MoJo family!

Become a member of Mosquito Joe and make outside fun again!

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Mosquito Joe Named 2017 Top Low Cost Franchise

Franchisees Are Highly Satisfied with Mosquito Joe’s Performance

Mosquito Joe was identified by independent franchisee satisfaction research firm, Franchise Business Review, as being one of only 80 franchises to qualify for its Top Low-Cost Franchises list. Brands on the list had to have a high franchisee satisfaction rating and an investment of under $100,000 at the time their franchisees participated in Franchise Business Review’s franchisee satisfaction survey.

Top Low Cost Franchise Mosquito JoeMosquito Joe’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of the franchise systems, including training & support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity. Approximately 13,000 franchisees representing 123 low-cost brands participated in Franchise Business Review’s low-cost franchisee satisfaction survey between October 2015 and April 2017.

“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,” Kevin Wilson, CEO of Mosquito Joe 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.”

“Mosquito Joe’s level of satisfaction in areas that are crucial to the health of a franchise system earned it a spot on our 2017 Top Low-Cost franchises list,” says Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “With 90% of the 13,000 low-cost franchisees we surveyed saying they enjoy operating their business, low-cost franchises are clearly a great option for many who wish to be their own boss.”

The 80 brands that made the 2017 Top Low-Cost franchises list did so as a result of their having high franchisee satisfaction. Visit FranchiseBusinessReview.com to see the full list of 2017 Top Low-Cost Franchises and check out Mosquito Joe’s Franchise Business Review Profile here.

Mosquito Joe has had a stellar 2017 so far, and people are taking notice of our reputation. Our recent accolades include:

  • Top New Franchise (#1 out of 100), Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Top Franchise, Franchise Business Review
  • Franchise 500 (ranked 1st in category and 28th overall), Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Fastest Growing Franchise, Entrepreneur Magazine and Franchise Gator
  • Top Low Cost Franchise, Entrepreneur’s Startup Guide
  • Top 50 Franchise, Franchisee Satisfaction Award, Franchise Business Review

We are very proud of franchise partners, and are grateful to see through awards like this that they feel the same way about us! If you are interested in franchising, consider Mosquito Joe! A low franchise fee, emergence in a booming industry, and rapid growth make our company a great option for any entrepreneur. Check out our Franchise Information Page and call our franchise development team today for more information. We will happily answer any and all of your questions and get you on the path to joining the MoJo family!

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Mosquito Joe’s Parent Company Named One of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces

2017 has proven to be a groundbreaking year for Mosquito Joe. Not only has our franchise system grown tremendously over the past four years, but the Corporate team supporting that system has grown as well and is now gaining national attention for its accomplishments. We are thrilled to announce that Mosquito Joe’s parent company, Buzz Franchise Brands, has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2017. This ranking identifies the top companies that have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits. Out of thousands of applicants, Buzz Franchise Brands was listed as one of the top 50 of just over 200 distinguished companies to be recognized.

Buzz Franchise Brands

Since its founding in 2012, Buzz Franchise Brands has ensured that the office is a place where its team wants to come to work and enjoys days spent with others on the team. Brand leaders emphasize the importance of relying on each employee’s unique strengths to contribute to the company’s overall vision. In four short years, the brand has grown from an office of five people to over thirty and from one corporate location to 235 franchise locations open across 32 states, with another 60 under development.

Inc.’s Best Workplaces Award

What does it take to become a company that workers want to be part of? Inc. Magazine says it’s more than good pay and good perks – it’s also about having a clear purpose, a sense of humor, and leadership that makes the two work together.

“We are honored to be included on the list of Inc. Magazine’s Best Places to Work. Our employees are the cornerstone of our culture and we strive to maintain an environment that attracts top talent,” said Buzz Franchise Brands CEO Kevin Wilson. “By keeping the creative juices flowing throughout our office’s open floor plan and establishing meaningful relationships that branch from our corporate team to our franchisees and their customers, we are proud to know that we are continuing to move in the right direction.”

The 2017 Inc. Best Workplaces Awards assessed applicants on the basis of benefits offered and employees’ responses to a unique, 30-question survey fielded by each of the applying companies. Responses were evaluated by the research team at Quantum Workplace. For its results to qualify, each company had to achieve a statistically significant response rate based on employee count. Survey scores account for employer size to level the playing field between small and large businesses. All companies had to have a minimum of 10 employees and to be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent – that is, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies.

“By introducing an employee survey into this year’s Best Workplaces selection process, we’ve really raised the bar. Companies that don’t score at the very top of their peer group don’t make the cut. So, our hats are off to the winners. They all excelled at engaging their workers, making them feel appreciated, and aligning them behind a mission. And remember, that’s not just our opinion: The employees told us that themselves,” says Eric Schurenberg, Inc.’s President and Editor in Chief.

Aside from this most recent recognition, Mosquito Joe has received a number of accolades in 2017 including a coveted ranking on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list, Top 200 Franchises of 2017 by Franchise Business Review and the top spot on Franchise Gator’s list of the New Year’s Fastest Growing Franchises.


We want to thank our leadership team for having the vision and drive to create our award-winning work environment; our Corporate staff for dedication not only to their work but to continual success of our company; and our franchisees who are the cornerstone of our success and the reason we come to work every day!

Check out this short video about Buzz Franchise Brands’ Core Values to better understand what we’re all about!

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Why Interns Can Be Great For Small Business Owners

The idea of an internship can often be ambiguous. You might be envisioning Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson goofing off at the Google offices. Or you might be thinking of young college students getting coffee for other staffers, running errands, and hopefully doing some meaningful work to add to their experience. When utilized properly, interns can be extremely beneficial, especially for small business owners. An intern can bring fresh ideas to the company at low cost, and you get an opportunity to help someone else learn how to be a great employee.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind if you decide that an intern would be a great asset to your team.

Make a clear job description (and stick to it) 

Nothing will frustrate the both of you more than having someone show up to your office every day without a clear plan of what needs to be accomplished. Your intern is also probably required to submit this description to an advisor at school, so this should be something you complete after you’ve both officially agreed on the internship. Make sure it is complete with daily tasks, long term projects, and any skill sets to learn or polish while working with you and your team.

Performance management is a must.

Have a performance management plan that you and the intern jointly fill out at the beginning, middle, and end of the internship period. That way you can keep a record of the intern’s goals and their completion. In addition to all the small administrative tasks that you might assign to your interns throughout their time, you should always give them at least one long-term project that they will own. Keep in mind this shouldn’t be a project critical to the success of your business. It could be a marketing campaign, a video project, a small part of your website you want to build out, or any number of other meaningful projects that can be planned and executed in a short timeframe. Assigning interns at least one large project gives them something to work on during their downtime when you might be too busy to assign them a smaller task.  It also motivates them to have something meaningful they can put on their resume.

Give real projects.

One point of an internship is to teach a young adult how the business world operates. Keep in mind they often have little to no experience. There are several ways to get around the learning curve quickly. Have your intern listen in on a sales call. Let he or she do a first draft of a project proposal. Introduce he or she to clients as, “This is Jane. She’s doing an internship with us this summer. She’s a student at XYZ State University, and we’re thrilled to have her.” This way, your clients know the intern’s role upfront and can manage expectations accordingly.

If you are just having your intern clean the office or sort out the filing cabinet, that’s a summer admin job. This is also valuable (and a position like that might be essential to your team), but is not an internship. The real projects are the items that are going to give your intern confidence, build their skill sets, and leave them feeling invested in your company!

Give feedback (and lots of it). 

College students are used to homework assignments, papers, and tests that regularly tell them how they are doing in great detail from their professors. Simply saying, “Good job!” isn’t going to have the same effect with them as it might with more experienced colleagues. Tell your intern precisely what was you thought he or she accomplished well and what could be improved.


Within the next couple of weeks, we are thrilled to welcome our first summer interns to Mosquito Joe! They will be concentrated in the marketing field and will assist our full-time staff in the areas of graphic design, digital marketing, research and strategy, and more! Our internship program is designed to support our companies growing success throughout the busiest time of year while also providing local college students with opportunities to explore various career paths and gain experience to carry forward in the professional world.

If you are interested in learning more about Mosquito Joe as a franchise or even becoming a franchise owner yourself, please visit our Franchise Information Page and call us today!

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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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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 that depending where you live, mosquitoes are pretty certain too. April 15th, around the time you mail off those tax forms,  is usually around the time when warmer temperatures and mosquito hatchings start to arrive. As mosquito professionals are gearing up for their season, tax professionals are wrapping up theirs, 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 have experience in the tax world.

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.

Rita Blackwell: Mosquito Joe of Spartanburg

Rita Blackwell, Owner of Mosquito JoeAs a former area developer and corporate employee for Liberty Tax, Rita is very familiar with the benefits of the franchising world. “One of the reasons I love a franchise business is the proven system. To have the phenomenal support of not only experts from corporate, but to also learn from the experience of other franchisees who are already successfully running their business is priceless.” Rita and her husband Eric are entering their first season of mosquito spraying in Spartanburg, SC, and have come to appreciate the benefits of a seasonal business; “During the peak times in a seasonal business, like in tax preparation as well as mosquito control for example, life can get hectic and crazy. The satisfaction of a much deserved break in the off-season is a wonderful thing to look forward to! Time to have fun with our family, review and recharge for our next season….you don’t get that in a 9-5 every day, every week business.

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 business 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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Women of MoJo: Julie Green

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 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’re introducing you to one of the gals from the corporate office of Mosquito Joe. Julie Green is our Marketing Manager, and is part of the team behind the fun branding, taglines, and fun advertisements you see about Mosquito Joe. Julie hails from the City of Oaks and is a graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Her husband’s naval career brought them to the area, and boy are we happy it did. She’s been with the company since we signed our first franchisee and is one of our franchisee’s go-to girls when they need marketing help. She has a background in public relations, communications and franchising and is known to enjoy a good glass of pinot noir when she isn’t chasing her son Mason and the silliest mutt of all time, Lilly.

  1. What brought you to Mosquito Joe? My husband is active duty in the Navy and we received orders to Norfolk, Virginia in 2011. After welcoming our first son in 2012 I was looking for jobs and came across a job posting for a position with an outdoor pest control company I had definitely never heard of. When I came in to meet the team, I came home so excited about the opportunity. That was four and a half years ago and 0 franchises. Today, I look around and think about what a crazy ride it’s been that we’re in 31 states and have 120 franchisees. I’m immensely glad I followed my gut and took a chance on that start up…Mosquito Joe is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
  2. What is your role in the Mosquito Joe business? I am the Marketing Manager for MoJo! I manage our public relations, social media and the awesome brand you all know and love. My main role is to be a point of contact for franchisees when they need some guidance in the marketing world. When they leave training their support system doesn’t end – we’re on standby for any of their needs. We like to tell them we’re their own built in marketing team and I love working with them every day.
  3. Why is a Mosquito Joe business a good fit for women? The opportunity is a perfect fit for women on so many different levels. A lot of times women are pulled between home life and career life and MoJo gives the opportunity to do both because it’s a mobile business. There’s so much flexibility and you need that when juggling kids and work. Women also really relate to needing the service and are able to not only have that discussion, but also connect with our customers on an important level.
  4. What do you find most empowering about your job? I can truly say I never thought my career would take me into the world of bugs, but I love it. While it isn’t so much about the actual bugs themselves (although my vast knowledge of them is a fun party trick now), I love working for a brand and service that gives people the ability to get back outside. My family and I are always outside whether we’re grilling, playing with our son and dog or just enjoying a beverage on the patio so I’m as passionate about our service as I am the brand. Also, I get to work with business owners everyday who make a difference in their community and that makes me happy above all else.Getting to help people realize their dreams is pretty empowering. Everyday I work with people who taken a leap of faith not only in themselves but also our brand and I take that pretty seriously. My main goal is to make sure my franchisees succeed, and marketing is a big part of that.
  5. Who is your inspiration and why? I would definitely have to say my mom and my sister. Being raised by strong, independent women was a gift for me. I feel like so much of my ambition and drive comes from watching them throughout my life. My Mom and Dad gave me so many opportunities that allowed me to find my wings, but I also got to watch my sister achieve some pretty awesome goals before I even graduated from college. All of those combined made it impossible not to think I could do anything I set my mind to. We’re all adults now, but they continue to be my role models. My mom is now actually an owner of her own Mosquito Joe franchise (that’s how much we love MoJo!) and my sister is in the academia world and has dedicated her life to making other people’s lives better. They are the most hilarious, passionate women I know and I’m so thankful they’re not only in my life, but are required to put up with me for all of time!

Thanks Julie!  We’re so proud she is helping lead the charge when it comes to marketing efforts for Mosquito Joe. If you’re interested in the Mosquito Joe opportunity and being a neighborhood hero in your community we’d love to hear from you. You could be the next Woman of Mosquito Joe!

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