Top 5 Largest Mosquito Franchise Opportunities Rank/Review

So, you’ve decided you’d like to join the exciting and growing industry of mosquito control. As you have probably already heard, the most effective way to increase your odds of success and reduce your learning curve is by joining a franchise system. The biggest question is: Which franchise is best for you? Obviously, we would love you to consider Mosquito Mike but we understand the need to thoroughly research all your options. Never one to shy away from competition, and to assist you in making this big decision, we’ve put together a list of the 5 largest Mosquito Spraying Franchises and ranked them based on longevity, cost, marketing, training, and systems. Enjoy and good luck in your franchise search.

 

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Mosquito Joe is a steadily growing franchise system with over 300 units as of this writing. With a tagline of “Outside is Fun Again”, Mosquito Joe marketing is aimed at young families and people who want to enjoy their backyard. They are owned by the Neighborly Brand of franchises which is world’s largest parent company with over 27 home service brands in 9 countries.

Mosquito Joe provides products and services for controlling outdoor insects (mosquitos, fleas, and ticks) through the use of barrier spray services and misting systems for both commercial and residential applications. They offer both a traditional pesticide treatment as well as an all-natural solution.

All franchisees must provide customers with the “neighborly guarantee”: If a customer is not completely satisfied and contacts a Mosquito Joe franchise within 14 days of service, the responsible office will “make it right” or issue a full refund. The standard territory for a Mosquito Joe franchise is 25,000 to 35,000 “targeted households” (households with a gross income of $75,000 or more) with a franchise fee of $40,000. The royalty is based on 10% of weekly revenue.

Minimum marketing costs for franchisees are $35,000 starting in year 1 and are the greater of 8% of prior year revenue or $35,000 whichever is greater. In addition, 2% of weekly revenue is contributed towards national advertising.
The estimated initial investment ranges from $102,850 to $148,150. Mosquito Joe may finance up to 49% of a franchisee’s investment. The term (5-9 years) is based on the amount of the loan and interest rate (9-11%) is based on the franchisee’s credit score.
 
The initial training program includes up to 30 hours of classroom training and 5.5 hours of on the job training. Mosquito Joe has a strong brand, decent marketing and a growing group of franchisees. You could do worse in your franchise search than becoming a “Joe”.
 
The initial training program includes up to 30 hours of classroom training and 5.5 hours of on the job training.
 
PROS: Strong franchise system, good reputation in the marketplace, territory of targeted households with income of $75K or better that increases the odds that your future potential customers will be able to afford the service.
CONS: Franchisees may need to be handy or acquire employees with trade skills to install and maintain misting systems. The parent company owns a franchise system (Ground Guys) that can be sold within protected territories that offers competing mosquito control services.
 
 

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Mosquito Squad is the granddaddy of mosquito franchises having sold their first franchise back over 15 years ago. They are owned by the Authority Brand of franchises which primarily specializes in home services and has a nice portfolio of franchise brands.
 
The Mosquito Squad franchise system is stable as they have significant numbers of franchisees. However, that is somewhat offset by the fact they have seen little growth over the last few years. Also, worth noting, Mosquito Squad has zero company owned units which could limit their ability to see future needs of franchisees and customers alike.
Mosquito Squad offers residential and commercial customers a variety of goods and services in the pest control industry including the sale, design, installation and servicing of outdoor misting systems, and barrier treatment services. They offer both a traditional pesticide treatment as well as an all-natural solution.
 
Mosquito Squad will finance up to 75% of the franchise fee for up to 36 months at 12% interest.
 
All franchisees must provide customers with a 100% satisfaction guarantee: If a customer is not completely satisfied with the treatment and reaches out within 21 days of application, the responsible office will provide the customer with another application at no charge. In addition, if not satisfied with any misting systems within 60 days of installation, the franchisee will remove the system and refund the cost.
The standard territory for a Mosquito Squad franchise is greater than 350,000 but less than 500,000 people with a franchise fee of $35,000. There is a minimum monthly royalty that starts at the greater of $400 per month flat fee or 10% of gross sales. Each year the minimum monthly royalty “flat fee” increases incrementally. However, the % of gross sales used to calculate royalties decreases as the franchisee yearly volume goes up which helps offset the flat fee increases.
 
Minimum marketing costs for a first-year franchisee are $5,000-$10,000 then increase to $35,000 or 10% of gross sales whichever is higher (capped at $50,000). In addition, there is a flat monthly fee of $150 towards national advertising that increases annually up to $450 per month in year 7. The estimated initial investment ranges from $63,962 to $90,022. Mosquito Squad will finance up to 75% of the franchise fee for up to 36 months at 12% interest. The initial training program includes up to 32 hours of classroom training and 8 hours of on the job training.
If you are looking for a well-established brand with a proven track record of stability, then Mosquito Squad should be a strong contender in your search for a mosquito franchise.

PROS: Longevity. Stability. Recognizable Brand. Most overall time committed to training.
CONS: Having not one company owned unit could stifle potential innovation. Significant minimum monthly royalties/marketing expense even when business is not operating.

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Mosquito Authority is the second oldest mosquito franchise system after Mosquito Squad and has the largest number of franchisees with over 400 units at the time of this writing. Mosquito Authority is the only mosquito franchise that employs a “Chief Science Officer” and has a fully functioning field laboratory.

Mosquito Authority offers mosquito, tick and perimeter (exterior) pest control services for commercial and residential customers. There is no formal guarantee for customer satisfaction. It’s more of a “pledge”. If a customer is bothered by mosquitos between treatments, Mosquito Authority will come out, reassess the property and “if necessary” retreat at no additional charge.

There are no first-year minimum marketing costs for franchisees and the annual minimum in year 2 and beyond is only the greater of $4,500 or 2% of gross revenue.

If the customer is still not satisfied, Mosquito Authority will issue a refund. The standard territory for a Mosquito Authority franchise is 28,000 owner occupied dwellings with a franchise fee of $50,000 and a royalty which is the greater of 10% of monthly revenues or $100 per month (minimum monthly royalty increases by $100 each year).

There are no first-year minimum marketing costs for franchisees and the annual minimum in year 2 and beyond is only the greaterof $4,500 or 2% of gross revenue. This is a significant differentiator from Mosquito Joe, Mosquito Squad and Mosquito Shield (as all require a minimum of $35K). One can only assume a new franchisee would need to make up the difference with grass roots marketing to compete. There is also a minimum national advertising contribution of $100 per month in year 1 that increases incrementally up to $150 per month in year 3 thereafter.

The estimated initial investment ranges from $55,350 to $91,700. Mosquito Authority offers no corporate financing. However, they do have strategic partners to assist with SBA, 401K, and other business loans. The initial training program includes up to 16.5 hours of classroom training and 5 hours of on the job training.
If you are looking for an established brand that allows you the flexibility to do most of your own marketing, then Mosquito Authority may be the right fit for you.

PROS: Largest number of franchisees. Low financial marketing commitment.
CONS: Highest franchise fee. No minimum income for protected territory households. Lack of marketing commitment that puts too much emphasis on grass roots commitment by franchisees.


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Mosquito Shield has been providing mosquito and tick control services since 2001 and began offering franchises in 2013. The Mosquito Shield franchise website posts an overall satisfaction rating that is “above industry standard” according to a company survey of its franchisees and has won franchisee satisfaction awards back in 2015 & 2016 according to the company website. It should be noted, however, the number of franchisees has been dropping consistently, albeit minimally, over the last few years. Mosquito Shield offers mosquito, tick and perimeter (exterior) pest control services for commercial and residential customers.

One key differentiator for Mosquito Shield is they manufacture their own private label brand of pesticide which the franchisees are required to purchase directly from the franchisor. The standard territory for Mosquito Shield is 50,000 single family houses which they refer to as an “area of primary responsibility” with a franchise fee of $49,500 and a royalty of the higher of 7% of gross sales or minimum annual gross sales benchmark. If the franchisee does not meet certain minimum sales requirements set by Mosquito Shield, the company reserves the right to reduce the size of the territory, remove the territory protection or terminate the franchise agreement outright.

Minimum marketing costs for franchisees are $35,000 starting in year 1 and are the greater of 5% of gross revenue or $35,000 whichever is greater. In addition, 1% of weekly revenue is contributed towards national advertising. The estimated initial investment ranges from $92,850-$127,040.
Mosquito Shield offers no corporate financing. The initial training program includes up to 16 hours of classroom training and 10-20 hours of on the job training. This sets Mosquito Shield apart as the amount of hands on training is more than double any other franchise in this list.

One key differentiator for Mosquito Shield is they manufacture their own private label brand of pesticide which the franchisees are required to purchase directly from the franchisor. If you are looking for a brand with the lowest royalty % on this list, then Mosquito Shield may be the best option for you.
 
PROS: Low royalty %. Offers most hours of on the job training.
CONS: Among the highest franchise fee. Minimum mandatory purchases of proprietary products. Potential for encroachment of protected territory based on sales.
 

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 Mosquito Hunters is the youngest and fastest growing mosquito control franchise on this list having grown exponentially over the last couple years. Their dramatic growth began after it was purchased in 2018 by an entity owned by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP). LLCP owns many franchise systems ranging from fast food to healthcare and everything in between. Mosquito Hunters offers mosquito and tick control to residential and commercial property owners.

They offer a “Client Happiness Promise” that states, if a client isn’t satisfied for any reason, Mosquito Hunters with retreat free of charge.

Franchisees are required to pay the greater of 8% of weekly gross revenue or $20,000 towards the National Marketing Fund (compare that to a low of $100 per month and a high of 2% of revenue with all other competitors on this list).

The standard territory for Mosquito Hunters is 25,000 single family residences with a franchise fee of $35,000 and a separate training fee of $5,000 for a total of $40,000. The royalty is 10% of weekly revenue. Where Mosquito Hunters starts to get interesting is the marketing fees which are unlike any other mosquito control franchise system on this list. The initial marketing fee is $30,000 but it is unclear where that money is being spent. The reason that is in question is the way Mosquito Hunters structures franchisee marketing spend going for- ward: Franchisees are required to pay the greater of 8% of weekly gross revenue or $20,000 towards the National Marketing Fund (compare that to a low of $100 per month and a high of 2% of revenue with all other competitors on this list). In addition, the franchisee is expected to spend the greater of $5,000 or 2% on their own local marketing. Essentially this is a flip flop of the Local vs National marketing spend of other mosquito control franchise systems and appears to benefit the franchisor rather than the franchisee.
 
The estimated initial investment ranges from $71,937 to $94,437. Mosquito Hunters will finance up to 100% of the franchise fee for up to 8 years at 12% interest. The initial training program includes up to 26 hours of classroom training and 5 hours of on the job training. If you are looking for a young, rapidly growing franchise system with lots of open territories to choose from, then Mosquito Hunters may be the right fit for you.

PROS: Finances 100% of franchise fee. Fastest growing franchise on this list having gone from 12 to 90 units in just 2 years.
CONS: Franchisee marketing spend may not be spent within the territory. The parent company owns a more established franchise system (Lawn Doctor) that already operates or can be sold within protected territories that offers competing mosquito control services. No minimum income for protected territory households.

 
 
Now that you have a better idea of what’s out there, we encourage you to visit Mosquito Mike to see how our franchise opportunity compares.
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