The Mosquito Joe Million Dollar Club: Brad and Stephanie Simon

2016 was a big year for Mosquito Joe for many reasons. Aside from growing national recognition and establishing ourselves as a leader in the mosquito control industry, it was the first year that some of our franchise owners made $1 million dollars or more in gross revenue!  As we like to say, they joined The Million Dollar Club. This was not only a big milestone for the Mosquito Joe franchise as a whole, but it was a tremendous victory for these business owners and the hard work they put in each and every day. Reaching the million dollar mark is a tremendous achievement, one that will hopefully propel them to greater heights.

Mosquito Joe Million Dollar Club

We could talk all day about what it takes to join this club, but who better to describe their journeys than the members themselves? Our newest blog series The Mosquito Joe Million Dollar Club visits with different franchise owners to talk about their franchising story. This week, we talked with Brad and Stephanie Simon, Owners of Mosquito Joe of Arkansas. Brad and Stephanie were some of our first franchise partners, joining Mosquito Joe in 2013. They currently own 5 territories and are going into their second year as members of The Million Dollar Club. Check out our conversation with them below!

Why did you start looking into franchising, and why did you ultimately choose Mosquito Joe?

We looked at franchising because we had the desire to own and manage our own business but had no prior business ownership experience. The majority of new businesses fail within a very short period of time, so we did not want to take the risk of starting from scratch and figuring out everything on our own. We knew that buying into a proven system with a corporate support team and team of franchisee peers would greatly increase our chances of success.

Ultimately, we chose Mosquito Joe because we had never heard of mosquito control services in our area. It was a need that was not being fulfilled by anybody else in our market, so the business opportunity was there. Even though we had never heard of Mosquito Joe, there was a very strong brand image that kept grabbing our attention as we researched potential franchises. If we were attracted to the Mosquito Joe brand in our search, then we knew it would create a memorable impression for our potential customers.

Mosquito Joe Million Dollar Club

What do you enjoy most about being a franchise owner?

We always had separate careers. Brad was in business analytics, and Stephanie was in the medical field. Being franchise owners has allowed us to build something together with the same goals – something we had never done before. It has allowed us to spend more time together as a family and develop many new friendships with other franchisees across the country. Additionally, we have seen the impact our business has on our employees. Helping provide a paycheck for our employees and helping them start or grow their career is extremely rewarding.

Who are the primary employees in your business and how do they contribute to your success?

Our employees are the key to our business’ success and always will be. As we have grown, we have given more and more responsibility to our employees and observe their behavior to see who steps up as our leaders. We have created new roles for the key employees as they demonstrate such leadership qualities and competency at the job. We now have an Office Manager that oversees all customer communications including new customer sales, invoicing, and general customer service. We also have a Lead Technician for each office location. All technicians report to the Lead Technician, and the Lead Technician is responsible for his territory’s routing, equipment maintenance, and technician scheduling. As we have grown, we are also adding a Field Manager that all Lead Technicians report to. The Field Manager is responsible for overseeing all field operations to ensure all of our territories are operating under the same standards. Each role is unique and none is more important than the other.

Describe your current business operation: how many employees, how many trucks, how many territories?

We operate 5 territories over a very large land area. Even though all 5 of our territories border each other, there is more than 4 hours of drive time and more than 300 miles from one end to the other. To manage these proximity challenges we have 3 “satellite” offices/warehouses separate from our main office in which technicians report to, supplies are stored, and trucks are stored. We currently have 25 employees and 13 trucks spread across our 5 territories.

What is one piece of advice you would offer to first year Mosquito Joe franchisees?

The one piece of advice we give new franchisees is to follow the system. Any successful business will take time to build a solid foundation. There is no need to buy in to a franchise system and then try and reinvent the wheel. Franchises are successful because there is a proven system in place. If you follow the system, then your chances of success are very good. Straying from the system will likely lead to frustration and prolong your business’ development.

What is one piece of advice you would offer to someone just beginning their search for a franchise opportunity?

Mosquito Joe Million Dollar Club

Someone beginning their franchise search needs to first consider their goals and expectations. What do you want to accomplish with your business, and are those expectations realistic for the franchise opportunity you are considering? Not all opportunities are the right opportunity. It’s tempting to get caught up in what appears to be a great opportunity, but it is critical to consider if the franchise opportunity can fulfill your goals.

How did you feel becoming a member of the Million Dollar Club?

Becoming a member of the Million Dollar Club was very exciting, but in no way do we want to view it as the finish line. We view the Million Dollar Club as a milestone toward our long-term goals. It is very exciting to see our business’ projections on paper become a reality, and it encourages us to push ourselves to the next level.

Where do you see your Mosquito Joe business in the next 2-3 years?

In 2-3 years we hope to see our business as one of the more respected companies in the areas we operate in. We hope to be consistently running revenues in the multi-million dollar level, create new positions of leadership for key employees, and be the employer of choice in our area providing excellent pay and full benefits. On a personal level, in 2-3 years we would like to see our business operating in a routine that allows us to have minimal involvement in the day-to-day operations of the business and be more involved in local volunteer and charity causes that we have a passion for.

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Beat the Bloodsuckers: Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2017

As you can imagine for an outdoor mosquito control company, summer is a very busy time around our office. However, for one week each year we take some time to step back and really focus on the reason we do what we do: the importance of mosquito control and educating the public.

This year National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (MCAW) was June 25-July 1. MCAW is a time to educate the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in daily life and the important services provided by mosquito control workers. Mosquito Control Awareness Week is close to our hearts here at Mosquito Joe for obvious reasons.

Our franchisees spend a lot of time out in their local communities, spreading awareness of the importance of mosquito control and the services Mosquito Joe provides. Not only are these bugs a nuisance that can ruin your summer fun, but they pose serious health risks such as Zika, West Nile, and EEE. While we work all year long towards these efforts, a designated week such as this really shines the spotlight on professional mosquito control and why we need it.

Giving Back

By far, the biggest part of the week, and the one we most look forward to, is giving back as a company. For the fifth year, Mosquito Joe locations across the country partnered with local blood donation centers for our Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. For every new customer that signed up for mosquito control services during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, we donated 10% of the sale to those local blood banks.

This year we also offered a new partnership with Nothing But Nets alongside our traditional local blood bank partnerships. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $45 million, delivering more than 7 million bed nets to protect families in Sub-Saharan Africa from malaria. A mosquito net sent to someone in need is $10, so for each new customer who signed up during Mosquito Control Awareness Week, we contributed $10 to represent a net.

Our franchise owners were able to choose whether their philanthropic efforts that week went towards a local blood bank or to Nothing But Nets. This year we had the privilege of partnering with twenty two blood banks across the country. This money will go towards the amazing work these organizations do in saving lives and emergency assistance. Because of our new customers, we were also able to donate over $6,353 in just one week to local blood centers. Franchisees who partnered with Nothing But Nets donated $13,774 to the organization, supplying 1,377 life-saving nets to those in need.

Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2017

Mosquito Joe Spreading the News

Our franchisees did an amazing job spreading our message in their communities during Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Between news articles and TV segments, the amount of people who received mosquito control information from Mosquito Joe was impressive. Check some of them out here:

We’re so grateful to everyone that made our 2017 Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign the best yet and a giant highlight for us as a company this year. Mosquito Joe has also partnered with Nothing But Nets in an ongoing campaign called MoJo Bites Back. Through the generosity of our customers, co-workers, family, and friends, we have donated over $25,000 to this amazing organization. This is a combination of our ongoing MoJo Bites Back campaign and our week-long Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign. If you would like to donate to Nothing But Nets, please visit our campaign page. It only takes $10 to donate a net!

Thanks to our participating franchisees, each blood bank that we partnered with, Nothing But Nets, and our AMAZING customers that helped make this year’s Beat the Bloodsuckers campaign the huge success that it was.

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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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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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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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Mosquito Joe Convention 2017: Rise Above the Rest

Our Fourth Annual Franchisee Convention took us south of the border to Cancun, Mexico! We decided to go big to celebrate our most successful year to date that included over 170 territories open across 30 states. We had a wonderful week sharing ideas, learning from one another, and welcoming new faces to the MoJo family. This year’s theme was Rise Above the Rest meant to not only celebrate our rapid growth but to set a goal of surpassing our competition and becoming the industry leader. It’s safe to say this was our best event yet with over 230 attendees!

CEO Kevin Wilson kicked off the event with his State of MoJo address to cover our progress as a franchise system so far and our goals for the coming year. Keynote speaker, Scott Stratten, discussed the impact that experiences with brands can have on people. He left the crowd inspired to bring the MoJo brand to life and make a difference in the lives of our customers through personality, kindness, and superior customer service.Mosquito Joe Convention - Group Photo

Throughout the week, franchisees attended a variety of breakout sessions in marketing, operations, and sales. These hour-long meetings offered franchisees the chance to learn about more nuanced topics in the mosquito control industry and specifically about the Mosquito Joe business model. New additions this year included an entire extra day of content and roundtable sessions that allowed franchisees to discuss a variety of topics in smaller groups and a more relaxed environment. This year we were excited to induct 5 franchisees into our prestigious Million Dollar Club, and they had the chance to sit on a panel in front of the system to give franchisees some fresh ideas and insight from the system’s top performers.

Of course, we couldn’t leave Cancun without having a little fun! We started the week off with a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on the beach, which gave everyone a chance to unwind after a long day of traveling. Our highlight event, the annual awards dinner and ceremony, was Thursday night. This was our chance to recognize some of our standout franchisees from the previous year while enjoying great food and even better company. We closed out the week with an electric beach party Friday night, allowing everyone to relax after an extremely productive few days.

At every Convention, we are amazed at the growth of this company, and this year was no different. Our franchisees are the reason Mosquito Joe is such a successful business. Thank you to all of our franchisees, vendors, and staff who attended this year’s event to make it so special.


Join Us in 2018!

It’s not too late to join the MoJo crew for 2018’s Convention, which will also be in Cancun! If you’re interested in franchising with Mosquito Joe, please visit our Franchise Information page and give us a call today!

We can’t wait to see everyone again next year!  In the meantime, stay tuned to this blog for regular updates throughout 2017 as we continue to make outside fun again.

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Women of Mosquito Joe: Michele Sommers

If there is one thing we have learned it is that there are many misconceptions about women in the pest control industry! So while we could write a blog post about the pest control industry and why women are a good fit for Mosquito Joe, we thought there were a few people who could do a better job. In our blog series the Women of Mosquito Joe, we highlight the incredible women that are a part of the MoJo family and why it is no longer a man’s world!

This month we chatted with Michele Sommers of Mosquito Joe of Springfield, IL. Michele and her husband Jeff are no strangers to owning their own business. Together, they’ve been self-employed for 12 years running their own architecture practice since 2004. While Jeff’s background is in detail and design, Michele’s is in organization and business structure, so it’s no surprise she runs the show at Mosquito Joe. She is the owner/operator and wears every hat there is from answering phones to marketing and finances all the way to getting into the van and treating properties!  The services provided by Michele and her crew make sure Springfield, IL is itch free as well as adding a layer of defense for mosquito borne illness.

What motivated you to get involved with Mosquito Joe?

I got involved in Mosquito Joe because I loved the culture of the company. The focus on having fun outdoors was right up my alley. And the fact that it’s a seasonal business was perfect for me – I wanted to stay current with my skill set in business, but didn’t want to work year-round in a corporate job. It’s a win-win!

Sommers FamilyHow would you describe the Mosquito Joe community?

I love the fact that I always have a support system at my fingertips. Whether it’s from the corporate side or from my fellow franchisees, I’m blessed to have friends and experts by my side. I also LOVE the support I receive from our customers! They’re always so happy to Share the MoJo with their friends. They love helping us grow our business!

What do you find empowering about your job?

I love the fact that I am able to impact my community in a positive way through my business.

There are often misconceptions around the pest control industry and in particular with women working in that industry. What are your thoughts on those? 

Sitting at a desk all day every day can get very boring. I like that we have the ability to get out there and get our hands dirty if we want to. I’d actually like to get out there more often than I actually do. I love meeting our customers and seeing the excitement on their faces as we talk about helping them knock down their mosquito population. I love educating people on why it’s important to practice prevention and how they can play a part in mosquito control as well. Problem solving and education are a big part of this business. I love that!

What advice would you give a woman considering opening a Mosquito Joe business?

I’d say “go for it” – it’s very rewarding helping others create an outdoor environment that is protected and enjoyable for their families.

We’re so proud Michele and her family are a part of the Mosquito Joe family. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of Springfield, IL and their mosquito treatment services in Illinois, be sure to check out their website and read more about what they offer. They have a season pre-pay discount happening now, so call and pay before February 28 and save 15%! If you call and pay after March 1, you’ll still save 10%. The only thing you’ve got to lose is mosquitoes, and we doubt you’ll miss those. 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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