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First Time Business Owner Lauren Harris is Gearing Up for A Big Year with Mosquito Hunters Franchise in Corpus Christi, Texas

After years of coaching at the collegiate level, Harris was ready to take on a new challenge—one that involved owning her very own business.

By Taylor Karg1851 Franchise Contributor
SPONSORED 12:12PM 04/27/20

Athletics have been a part of Lauren Harris’ life for as long as she can remember: She played a variety of sports growing up, was a four-year basketball letterman in college and even coached 

at the collegiate level. Sports have been a huge part of Harris’ life, and her professional career in coaching has taken her to jobs in Texas, West Virginia, Ohio and Nebraska. After more than 15 years in the field, Harris was ready to hang up the whistle and take on a new challenge: business ownership with Mosquito Hunters

Harris signed her Mosquito Hunters franchise agreement in April 2019 and completed training in July. After launching as a soft roll-out in the summer of 2019, Harris feels she is set up perfectly for her first full spring season ahead. Harris’ Mosquito Hunters business will service the Corpus Christi, Texas area.

Up until she became a Mosquito Hunters owner, Harris was a strength and conditioning coach for the University of Nebraska’s softball and rifle teams. After nearly eight years in Nebraska, she grew tired of the cold and wanted to move back to Texas. In addition to the warmer weather, Harris—who originally hails from the Lone Star State—wanted to be closer to her family and friends. 

This led Harris to begin applying for jobs in Texas. “The market for collegiate strength and conditioning jobs is extremely saturated so I couldn’t really find one in Texas that wasn’t a complete lateral move or that didn’t involve a pay cut,” she said. 

After contending with the lack of jobs in her field in the Texas market, Harris decided that it was time to take on a new challenge. “I began looking at owning my own business and somehow my resume ended up on the desk of a franchise consultant” Harris said. “My consultant helped me understand how business ownership works and what it means to own a franchise. I then filled out some questionnaires and she gave me a list of about 10 or so different franchises to consider.”

From there, Harris narrowed it down to three franchises. By conducting her own research and taking part in a number of validation calls with franchise development teams and franchisees, she ultimately decided that Mosquito Hunters was the right fit for her. 

“Mosquito Hunters started to become the clear choice,” Harris said. “Based on my research and the validation calls, I knew it would be a business that I would be great at running. Mosquito Hunters had the best business model: It required a lower franchise fee, was easy to get started as a brand-new business owner and features immense opportunities for growth.”

“Becoming a Mosquito Hunters franchise owner was extremely attractive to me because there’s a ‘playbook’ franchisees can follow to help them be successful—it was similar to that of sports. There’s tried-and-true processes in place to help you get off the ground and be succeed,” Harris added. 

In addition to positioning its franchisees on a path to success, Harris was attracted to the support Mosquito Hunters provides their franchisees. She noted how the brand helps franchisees with national and local marketing efforts and organizes various networking events for them to meet other franchisees. 

Harris feels that her past experience in collegiate coaching will help her be successful in running her Mosquito Hunters business. “There are certainly parallels in coaching and running your own business,” she said. “It’s a bit different than working with students, but the people skills, the public speaking skills, work ethic and the team player aspects all transfer over. Although Mosquito Hunters isn’t necessarily my ‘boss,’ I still need to execute their playbook and represent them in the best way I can.” 

Harris is excited to have her Mosquito Hunters business fully up and running in Corpus Christi. As she further establishes her franchise location, she plans to create an official “home-office space,” hire part-time technicians and maybe even sponsor a children’s sports team. “It would be really fun to have little orange Mosquito Hunters uniforms running around.” 

Since its founding 2014, Mosquito Hunters has grown to more than 80 locations across 23 states. The mosquito and tick control franchise has quickly become the leader in the fast-growing category by focusing on consistently high profit margins, recurring revenue streams, growth potential, low cost of entry and a simple business model. 

The total investment necessary to open a Mosquito Hunters franchise ranges from $70,107 to $85,903. The franchise license fee ranges from $25,000 to $35,000. For more information on franchising opportunities with Mosquito Hunters, visit

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