- 2023 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
- Initial investment
$165K - $217K
- Units as of 2023
239 1.7% over 3 years
Founded in 2004 and franchising since 2005, Mosquito Squad is one of the larger mosquito and tick control franchises in the U.S. The franchise considers itself to be a pioneer in the field of sustainable mosquito control, claiming its rights to innovating Protective Barrier Treatment.
Possibly just as well-known as their mosquito fighting technique is their mosquito fighting mascot, Dread Skeeter. His mission sums up the company's goals: to help families reclaim their yards, protecting them against the itching and diseases that mosquitoes can spread.
Mosquito Squad has a presence in over 25 U.S. states and has over 200 franchises nationwide.
Why You May Want to Start a Mosquito Squad Franchise?
You don't need to know everything there is to know about pest control in order to start a mosquito franchise. You will need to procure a state license, but very few Mosquito Squad franchisees actually come from a pest control background.
Mosquito Squad stands by its fight against mosquito-transmitted disease by partnering with Malaria No More. The money earned for Malaria No More goes towards bed nets, education, and malaria tests and treatments to help save lives. Some franchisees have even traveled to Africa with the organization to see first-hand how their contributions have helped.
Mosquito Squad not only supports franchisees through training and other business strategies, but listens to them too. Every year, Mosquito Squad sends out an anonymous survey to discover what areas they can better assist franchisees.
What Might Make a Mosquito Squad Franchise a Good Choice?
Mosquitos likely aren't going anywhere, so wherever there are mosquitos, you'll probably have business. The only downside to relying on Mosquito Squad, or any mosquito and tick control franchise, is the off-season in places where the insects "disappear" for a few months. However, during this time, you can prepare for the next season of mosquitos.
To be part of the Mosquito Squad team, you should make sure you’re financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. You should also prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements.
With Mosquito Hunters, you could find yourself joining a company that uses fundraising and charity work to fight mosquito-related issues like malaria. Mosquito Squad values staff members and franchisees who are passionate and enjoy serving others. It's also interested in people who value ongoing education, both for themselves and for customers.
How to Open a Mosquito Squad Franchise
Mosquito Squad is very thorough and particular about who they select as a franchisee. However, franchise representatives will likely work closely with you to make sure you're a good fit.
To get started, a representative will get in touch with you and explain how to operate a Mosquito Hunters franchise more in-depth. You'll then speak with other franchisees and decide if you wish to move forward with the process. If you proceed, you will secure your Mosquito Hunters franchise and discuss licensing and staffing requirements.
Soon you'll be all the buzz in the mosquito fighting world!
About Mosquito Squad
|Franchising Since||2005 (18 years)|
|# of employees at HQ||125|
This company is offering new franchisees in the following US states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming
This company is offering new franchisees in the following international regions: Africa, Asia
|# of Units||239 (as of 2023)|
Information for Franchisees
Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Mosquito Squad franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
Initial Franchise Fee
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
|$27,500 - $50,000|
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
|$164,530 - $217,125|
Net Worth Requirement
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
|30% off franchise fee|
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
Term of Agreement
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
|Is franchise term renewable?||Yes|
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
|In-House Financing||Mosquito Squad offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee|
|Third Party Financing||Mosquito Squad has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll|
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
|On-The-Job Training||8 hours|
|Classroom Training||62 hours|
Meetings & Conventions
Security & Safety Procedures
Additional details about running this franchise.
|Is absentee ownership allowed?||Yes|
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
Franchise 500 Ranking History
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