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Franchisees Mary and Allison Guarino Are Setting Examples for Their Children as Mosquito Hunters Franchisees

The Eastern Pennsylvania-based Mosquito Hunters franchisees explain why the brand’s support structure and business model are keys to success.

By 1851 Staff1851 Staff Contributions
SPONSOREDUpdated 1:13PM 03/28/22

Mary Guarino has seen plenty of success on and off the pitch. She was a record-setting soccer player at Boston College before spending years coaching at the collegiate level. She found herself in Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, ready to take on parenthood alongside her partner Allison. Already a franchisee with another brand, Mary was introduced to Mosquito Hunters, a part of the Happinest umbrella, and she immediately appreciated the flexibility that came with the brand. 

“We always wanted to open a second franchise,” said Mary. “We were eventually introduced to Mosquito Hunters and really enjoyed the way the brand set itself apart from the competition – from its quality customer service to its franchisee support from executive leadership.” 

The mosquito abatement business is seeing rapid growth, and as more people spend time outside enjoying their yards and outdoor spaces, the time to invest in the outdoor services segment to give people those spaces back is more lucrative than ever. 

Stephanie Ruby, director of franchise development at Mosquito Hunters, said, “People are at home more and want to be able to go outdoors, and now with staffing shortage issues all over the country, Mosquito Hunters provides a great opportunity for franchisees to work for themselves in a booming industry.”

In addition to the business model and blueprint that Mosquito Hunters offers its franchisees, its parent company, Happinest, also prides itself on the support it offers.

“The leadership team at the corporate office is always available to help us out when we need it,” said Mary. “They offer ideas on what we can do to grow the business and really make it all about being on a team — which is where I’m the most comfortable, in a team-like setting.”

Additionally, the Guarinos appreciate the way the business model is laid out to help franchisees have a successful season year in and year out, as well as its proven business model. 

“Their business model is really easy to work with and offers a lot of potential for building as business grows,” said Mary. 

The Mosquito Hunters brand is riding the tailwinds of a successful year, awarding more than 60 units in 2021 and now with a total of more than 130 units nationwide. In 2022, the brand hopes to sign at least 40 new units.

Ultimately, the Guarinos hope that their five children will see two women successfully running a business while also being there for their family, said Allison. “I hope that it teaches them hard work, and maybe they’ll want to take it over one day.”

The total investment necessary to open a Mosquito Hunters franchise ranges from $73,937 to $96,437. 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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