Mosquito Joe in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

This month we are more than thrilled to see Mosquito Joe franchisees Kurt and Melissa Godwin featured in the November issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which recently hit newsstands. There’s a saying out there that any press is good press – well, we’re not sure about that but we are sure that a feature article in a magazine like Kiplinger’s is a great accomplishment.

Kiplinger’s article, Off to a Fresh Start, invites readers to explore “hitting the reset button” on careers in midlife. Mosquito Joe of Howard County (MD) owners Kurt and Melissa did just that in 2012 when they not only got married, they opened their mosquito control business together. Kurt was a commercial pilot for over two decades, and Melissa worked for the state of Pennsylvania for 25 years. They wanted something they could do together and gave them more flexibility with their schedules.  Insert Mosquito Joe’s great lifestyle, seasonal business opportunity as a perfect solution. In the article the couple talks about the benefits to owning their own business and providing a much needed service. “I love working for myself,” says Melissa. “I control everything I do. I’m helping our customers keep their kids safe outside. I feel like the job I’m doing now is for a purpose.”

We couldn’t be more excited for the Godwins – for their early success with their business, for the great things they’re doing for their community, and for their special feature in Kiplinger’s.  Read the full article here.

This has been a great year for Mosquito Joe. We opened 15 new locations and are continuing to grow our mosquito control businesses nationwide. We’ve been able to watch all our new franchisees make a huge decision to change their life and start something new.

As we edge into the last quarter of the year, we tend to take annual stock of where we are in life – our job, where we live, our health. If you’re reconsidering your career or ready for a change, perhaps franchising is something you should consider. And while mosquito control may seem out of your skill set, you actually don’t need any pest control experience to get started. That’s part of what’s so great about a franchise system – we provide all the training and systems for you! So think about us. We’ll be here…and growing. And in the mean time, make sure you contact your local Joe to keep your yard mosquito-free.


The Green Industry & Equipment Expo Has Us Louisville Bound!

What happens when you take a 500,000 sq. ft. expo center and fill it with 750 exhibits, then use 19 outdoor acres for outdoor demonstrations from the lawn and landscape industry? You get the Green Industry and Equipment Expo!  Our very own Joe Cool (aka Walter) and I are heading to Louisville, KY this month for the GIE + Expo to share the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity and we couldn’t be more excited.

As we head to the Bluegrass State, we are looking forward to showing all those in the lawn and landscape industry how they can leverage a Mosquito Joe business to make their portfolio more profitable and solve another problem their current customers already have: pesky mosquitoes. The Green Industry and Equipment Expo is the largest trade show for outdoor power equipment, lawn and garden equipment, light construction and landscape equipment and MoJo is the perfect addition to the existing businesses of this event’s attendees.

The event takes place October 24-25 at the KY Expo Center. Learn more about it and register at  Then be sure to stop by Booth 257 to talk to us and learn about how you can be the hero of your neighborhood and make outside fun again for your community. If you want to come prepared with some background, check out our website to learn more about the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity or call us at 855-564-6563.

Photo credit: Outdoor Power Equipment Institute 


Top Reasons to Join Mosquito Joe Now

Mosquito Joe truckMosquito Joe is experiencing amazing growth, providing mosquito control services for neighborhoods across the country and bringing relief from pesky bugs like mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. This year we’ve opened fifteen locations in ten states and we couldn’t be more excited about what the next year will bring. If you’ve been thinking about a new business opportunity, we hope the next year includes you.

The mosquito control industry is an emerging, high growth market experiencing widespread acceptance as a service homeowners and businesses value and desire. The news about West Nile Disease and other vector borne illnesses are popping up almost daily and mosquito populations are thriving. A Mosquito Joe franchise is a high margin, seasonal business opportunity that can be run from virtually any home or office. It’s a great stand-alone business but also nicely complements an existing business. And if you join us before November 1, you can save $2,500 on our already low franchise fee.

Top Reasons to Join Mosquito Joe Before The End of 2013
Contact us soon to take advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Meet our fast-growing group of franchise partners at our Annual Convention in January and learn from their experience.
  • Be trained and ready to showcase your business at home shows in your area. These typically take place early in the year and are a great way to get customers and build brand awareness in your community.
  • Save $2,500 if you sign by the end of October — our one-time franchise fee will increase from $7,500 to $10,000 effective November 1, 2013.

Save on a Mosquito Joe franchise

This is definitely an opportunity you can’t afford to miss, and who doesn’t want to be the neighborhood hero? Give us a call today at 855-564-6563 or take the first step by filling out our online information request form.



Meet A Joe: Meet Mosquito Joe of West Richmond

**Occasionally we like to provide a blog post that will help you get to know Joe. From our technicians to our corporate staff to our hardworking franchisees – we think our company is full of people you ought to know!**

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robert Rummells, a retired Army Ranger who hails from Iowa.

Meet Robert Rummells of Mosquito Joe of West Richmond, VA

Robert has admitted he’s not a “cubicle kind of guy,” so when he was researching the perfect franchise opportunity, he knew it couldn’t be just any business opportunity.

Army Ranger Zoned in on Mosquitoes

Originally from a small town in Iowa called West Branch, Robert was living in Los Angeles playing semi-professional football for the San Fernando Valley Freelancers, where he met and married his wife Christine. After playing football for one year, on January 14, 1988, Robert enlisted in the United States Army where he became an Army Ranger and was assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA.  Robert retired from the US Army in March 2009 after a 22 year career.

After he retired from the Army, Robert still felt a strong urge to serve the community he lived in. This brought him to serving as Chief of Staff for Delegate John Welch in the General Assembly of Virginia in Richmond, specifically in the House of Delegates (e.g. Representatives in other states). So after two decades in the military and almost ten years in politics, what would be next for this non-desk guy who really enjoyed being an integral part of the community in which he lived? There was a job fair for military veterans in February 2013 and that is where the bug was put in his ear about Mosquito Joe! It was the perfect fit, working for himself, being outside, and bringing relief to the residents of Richmond from pesky bugs.

For three years, I had been searching the internet for a franchise opportunity. It came down to six or seven companies, but there always seemed to be one or two areas lacking that just didn’t fit the bill….Mosquito Joe is very turn-key. Though my list of to-do’s has been lengthy, there’s been help every single step of the way. It’s been wonderful having such a good support system for the business.”

Christine Rummells of Mosquito Joe of West RichmondDon’t worry, he didn’t forget Christine. Together they launched Mosquito Joe of West Richmond in May and once they hit the ground running, they never looked back. Rummells was even featured in Bloomberg Businessweek on his post-military career of making the mosquito his new enemy. He has goals to expand in the Richmond area and maybe even bring Mosquito Joe to his hometown in Iowa.

We couldn’t be happier to have Robert and Murph as part of the Mosquito Joe family and wish them the best of luck. If you’re interested in mosquito control services in the Richmond, VA area to rid your yard of pesky mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, visit the Mosquito Joe of West Richmond website or call their office at 804-767-5220 ext. 859 for more information or a free quote.


MoJo in the News – Summer Recap

We love helping all of you enjoy your yards, ballparks, and pools, and these past months have been especially exciting for us. We’ve opened locations in ten states and are continuing to experience amazing growth. That means we are helping more and more customers get back outside and enjoy their time instead of dodging insects, while also helping some others find a new career direction as a Mosquito Joe business owner. Our franchisees are doing some great work, and we wanted to share the notoriety they’ve been getting in the press for making a difference in their communities and exuding a passion for swat-free outdoor fun.

  • Robert Rummells of Mosquito Joe of West Richmond was featured in Bloomberg Business Week
  • The Simons from Mosquito Joe of Northwest Arkansas were featured in Arkansas News
  • Jason Bearden of Mosquito Joe of Birmingham was featured on 
  • Jeff Holmes of Mosquito Joe of the Tri-State Area (KY-OH-WV) made the front page of the Portsmouth Daily News
  • David Burdine of Mosquito Joe of Western Wake, NC shared his unique story in the Holly Springs Sun
  • Mosquito Joe was one of the Top 5 Companies Hiring on Fox News’s Fox and Friends segment

The Mosquito Joe of Chesapeake-Suffolk team was even featured on a segment of WVEC ABC News segment called “Joe’s Job” (fitting name, huh?) where news anchor Joe Flanagan tagged along to find out what it is like to be a Mosquito Joe technician for a day. Have you ever wondered? Well, here’s the segment!

These are just a sampling of the articles – over 25 total – that have appeared nationwide over the past five months. We can’t wait to see more newspaper articles from more areas of the country as MoJo continues to expand.  If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Mosquito Joe family and bringing relief from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, visit our website or give us a call at 1-855-564-6563.