BEAVERCREEK — After the detection of West Nile Virus in Greene County this past summer, one business has a plan to bring its mosquito control service to Beavercreek.
Mosquito Joe, a Virginia Beach, Va.-based company that provides mosquito control treatment to residential and commercial customers, is looking for a prospective local franchisee — whether that means another business or an individual — in order to make that plan happen.
According to a spokesperson for Mosquito Joe, demand for mosquito control is up by almost 200 percent in Beavercreek from last year.
Greene County Public Health (GCPH) reported in July that West Nile Virus was detected in a mosquito sample sent to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). A month later, one human case of the virus was confirmed in a Xenia resident.
As of Nov. 9, ODH reports 31 cases of West Nile Virus in Ohio. That number is up from 17 cases in 2016.
The company currently has seven locations in Ohio and wants to grow its presence by adding two locations in Beavercreek over the next 18 months.
“We’re all around that area — Cincinnati, Columbus, a lot of places in Ohio — but we’re not in Beavercreek yet,” CEO Kevin Wilson said. “We’re hoping over the next several months to find a good quality franchise.”
Wilson aims to find a location soon and to move to the area by spring 2018.
Mosquito Joe, a mobile business and the largest mosquito control treatment service in the country, currently has 234 locations open in 32 states. The CEO expects that number to grow to 280 next year.
“Over time it’s going to be a service needed everywhere in the country,” he said.
According to Wilson, anybody can have access to the service, whether that means owners of a home or a commercial property.
The typical service, he said, costs around $70. Technicians visit the property and spray material onto the foliage where mosquitoes rest during the day.
“It knocks them down. We see a significant reduction of 80-90 percent reduction of mosquitoes within a couple days,” Wilson said.
The process continues every two weeks until the temperature drop below 60 degrees. The seasonal business usually runs from April until the end of October.
Among its services, Mosquito Joe offers custom barrier sprays, permanent automatic misting systems, all-natural treatments, and one-time sprays prior to special events.
Wilson said the services aren’t just for fighting mosquitoes and West Nile Virus, but address other health concerns, too, like ticks and Lyme Disease.
“What we hear from our customers is that we make the services affordable, it’s valuable, and it works extremely well. And I think over time it is something every house should have done,” Wilson said.
Individuals or businesses interested in the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity can call 855-564-6563, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://mosquitojoefranchise.com/steps-to-ownership/ for more information.
“Our tagline is ‘Outside is fun again’,” Wilson said. “People want to just enjoy their backyard.”
Contact Anna Bolton at 937-502-4498.