BOUNTIFUL—Have you ever been trying to enjoy a soccer game or a backyard barbecue but the fear of being carried off by mosquitos ruined the fun? Davis County certainly has its fair share of the pesky insects, with one local park even affectionately dubbed, “mosquito park.”
A Virginia based company called Mosquito Joe is out to rid the community of those flying fiends through residential and commercial treatment. Although they are mostly in the East, they are looking to expand into the Davis County area.
“We’re a pest control supplement to the municipal programs,” said Mosquito Joe COO Brian Garrison. “We started to franchise in 2013 and we have 234 locations in 32 states. Growing into the mountain region is definitely a priority for us. We’re interested to move there but we’re beholding to a franchisee candidate with interest from Utah.”
Garrison said the business targets single-family homes and backyards. “It’s a solution for homeowners because we spray specific areas where mosquitos tend to congregate,” he said. “It dramatically reduces the mosquitos because we stay in the backyard and not out where the municipal trucks are.”
The service provides customized treatment. “We spray to eliminate breeding sites like in standing water,” said Garrison. “We treat larva so they can’t become adults. Our technicians wear a backpack with sprayers that produce a barrier that is lethal to mosquitos.”
They treat about every three weeks or 21 days with prices ranging from about $69 to $89 a visit depending on the property and how challenging it is, he said. “They’ve found West Nile in every state. People like to be outside at lakes and in the mountains. Mosquitos breed in water. This treatment helps to reduce the risk. Our motto is making it so outside is fun again.”
Mosquito Joe’s products are EPA registered said Garrison. “Our technicians are trained to use and apply the right dosage,” he said. “It’s a very low dosage designed to attack the body of a mosquito but there is low impact to people once it’s dry. We encourage people to stay inside while we spray, but once it’s dry they can go back out. The techs don’t spray in the house, flowering plants, gardens or toys. They just target the areas with mosquitos.”
Garrison said they’ve had a fair amount of leads from Utah and they opened in Colorado last year, which has been successful. “We’re looking for people who want to own their own business but want corporate backing,” he said. “It’s not that expensive to start (a franchise). You can run the business right out of your own home for the first couple of years. We’d love to find someone in Davis County who would like to become a franchisee.”
For more information about franchising visit mosquitojoefranchise.com.