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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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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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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Mosquito Joe Named Fastest Growing Franchise for 2017

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

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

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


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

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Mosquito Joe Ranks 26th on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Mosquito Joe Makes Inc 5000 List

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Multi-Brand Franchising in 2016

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Zika Concerns Cause Mosquito Control Needs to Spike

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

 What Zika Means for Mosquito Control

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

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

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

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

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

Becoming the Neighborhood Joe

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

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