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From Hawkeye to Hunter: Former Football Player Brian Meidlinger Uses His Business Experience To Bring Mosquito Hunters to Iowa City

The business consultant and former Iowa Hawkeyes player is expanding his portfolio to feature the leading pest control franchise.

Although Brian Meidlinger never imagined he’d be entering the home services industry, he always knew he wanted to run his own business. When the opportunity arose to bring Mosquito Hunters industry-leading service to Iowa City, he had to jump on it.

A graduate from the Tippie School of Business and football player at the University of Iowa, Meidlinger worked his way up from selling copiers to becoming the Regional Vice President and Senior Advisor Consultant at investment firms such as Oppenheimer and Multi-Funds. Although Meidlinger loved the business side of working with consultants on stock and bond portfolios, his desire for more freedom and flexibility brought him to the decision to start his own business on the side.

“After trying to start an e-bike business in Iowa City, I learned how difficult it can be to get a company rolling on your own,” said Meidlinger. “A franchise consultant gave me a list of strong opportunities, and Mosquito Hunters’ flexible operational model, low overhead and high-profit margin stood out immediately. The brand’s simple yet scalable opportunity offered me the chance to grow without requiring a brick-and-mortar establishment.

Since starting as a single operation in 2014, Mosquito Hunters has become a leader in the fast-growing mosquito and tick control space, expanding its national footprint from eight units to over 70 units  in 22 states just this past year. In addition to providing customers with an ever-needed service, Mosquito Hunters offers franchisees a proven system, quick-starting and home-based business model, recurring revenue stream, and hands-on coaching.

“I visited the Mosquito Hunters headquarters in Chicago and was floored by the concept and the comprehensive training,” said Meidlinger. “Not only was my background similar to that of founder Andy Fuller, but I also loved the marketing plan and the idea that this was an emerging brand, yet an established system—people will always need our services. After going through the decision process, I couldn’t find a single reason why Mosquito Hunters was not the perfect opportunity.”

According to Meidlinger, his current home of Iowa City offers a wide-open market in which Mosquito Hunters’ services are needed but there are no competitors. Having grown up on the other side of the state, Meidlinger is very familiar with the city and has become actively involved in the community through his five children—aged 2 years through 11—and their involvement in the local youth sports teams.

“As a coach of many of the local teams, our active engagement helps us reach out to other members of the community,” said Meidlinger. “We are excited to have Mosquito Hunters eventually sponsoring these teams. While anyone can reach an ROI goal, it is networking and connections that bring big sales.”

The open market and opportunity for growth appeal to Meidlinger, who entered into franchising as a way to ensure scalability and expansion. With two operations currently slated to open sometime in Spring 2020, Meidlinger has even bigger plans for the future. 

“The ability to expand beyond a single location is what appealed to me about franchising with Mosquito Hunters,” said Meidlinger. “After starting these two locations, I hope to grow to four, six and beyond. It’s important to start small, master the details, plant the seeds and then branch out from there.” Outside of Iowa City, Meidlinger plans to expand west, hitting other major markets such as Des Moines, Iowa.

Overall, Meidlinger is confident that his Mosquito Hunters business is going to experience explosive growth, in part because of the systems, marketing and support he’s found in the discovery and training processes, and in part because of his experience as a passionate business owner.

The total investment necessary to open a Mosquito Hunters franchise ranges from $70,107 to $82,903. For more information on franchising opportunities with Mosquito Hunters, visit

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