March 26, 2013 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - MosquitoNix®, the nation’s leader in mosquito control and mosquito misting systems, announced today that Jennifer Yarto has purchased its South Texas franchise to expand mosquito control in a region that was among the hardest hit by West Nile Virus last year. MosquitoNix South Texas will protect people from mosquitoes who live across the valley including Corpus Christi, South Padre Island, Laredo, Brownsville and McAllen. In 2012, a third of all West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the United States were reported from Texas, 1,739 WNV cases in people, including 76 deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We have seen a dramatic increase in demand for mosquito control in Texas. Last year’s West Nile virus outbreak was the largest since 2003. That is why speed and expansion of mosquito control coverage is of the essence to protect families from not just annoying bugs but also life threatening mosquito borne illnesses,” said Dan O’Neal, chairman & CEO of FEMO Group Franchise System, MosquitoNix’s parent company. “We are impressed with how quickly Jennifer has moved to provide mosquito control services so that families and businesses across the valley can enjoy the outdoors safely,” he added.
Mosquito control is a fast growing industry due to changing weather patterns across North America and the emerging threat of mosquito borne illnesses. According to the CDC, West Nile virus is now endemic to the United States and peak time for the spread of the virus will be from July through October, surging in August. In 2012, forty-eight states reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. As of December 11, 2012, a total of 5,387 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 243 deaths, had been reported to CDC.
“With the increase of West Nile virus cases across South Texas, Texans are looking for ways to protect their families, pets, businesses and outdoor lifestyles,” said Jennifer Yarto, President, MosquitoNix of South Texas. “Partnering with a trusted brand like MosquitoNix allows us to provide the most effective mosquito control solution across the valley,” she added.
“We are also excited that Jennifer Yarto is our first franchisee under our new strategic expansion plan that makes MosquitoNix available in more markets across the nation,” O’Neal went on to say. “Our goal is to open 50 new franchises in 2013, and as many as 200 by the end of 2015.”
MosquitoNix franchises are exclusive to each market. Franchise partners get brand affiliation, comprehensive training, and ongoing sales and marketing support. MosquitoNix discounts (up to 30%) on products and operational efficiencies, allows franchisees to show a greater profit margin and continue to grow their business. Qualified franchisees can receive up to 50 percent financing of the Initial Franchise Fee (IFF).
MosquitoNix, a division of FEMO Group Franchise System, is the nation’s leader in mosquito misting systems, servicing tens of thousands of customers in more than 400 U.S. cities and 14 countries. MosquitoNix offers installed misting systems and ongoing barrier treatments called QuickNix™, using effective solutions to eliminate flying, biting insects such as mosquitoes, no-see ums, flies, fleas, and ticks. MosquitoNix empowers customers to protect their families against mosquitoes and enjoy their outdoor lifestyles. An industry expert, MosquitoNix focuses on customer service and manufacturers its own systems.
MosquitoNix of South Texas is headquartered in McAllen, Texas and exclusively services the entire Valley, including Corpus Christi, South Padre Island, Laredo, Brownsville and McAllen.