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Mosquito Hunters’ Franchisees Businesses Taking Off Following Late Season Training & Pre-Spring Ramp Up

After attending the Mosquito Hunters’ Fall 2019 training class, Ken and Michelle Freshley of St. Peters and O’Fallon, Mo. and Brian Ferraro of Billerica, Mass., were ready to Spring into action in early 2020.

By Taylor Karg1851 Franchise Contributor
SPONSORED 6:18PM 07/15/20

Training sessions for new franchise owners allow them to learn all of the essential components about their new company: the product or service itself, marketing tactics, training and recruiting employees and much more. This was certainly the case for Ken and Michelle Freshley and Brian Ferraro, all of whom are new Mosquito Hunters franchisees who attended the brand’s Fall Training Session and are excited to now hit the ground running. 

The newly-minted owners of the fastest-growing mosquito and tick control franchise attended the fall training class in November 2019 after signing their franchise agreements a few months prior. Both the Freshleys and Ferraro have their own reasons for becoming Mosquito Hunters franchisees, but they share one thing in common: the desire to own their own successful business. 

Let’s start with the husband-and-wife duo Ken and Michelle Freshley, who own the Mosquito Hunters of St. Peters and O’Fallon, Missouri. 

Ken has spent most of his professional career in the corporate world, and he eventually grew tired of the daily grind, including sitting at a desk all day and commuting an hour each way to work. “I always wanted to be a small business owner, but I was never in a position to be able to do so until recently,” Ken said. “I grew sick of going to work every day, making money for someone else. I wanted to start making money for myself and my family.”

Michelle was also ready for a new professional adventure. “I had the same job for 16 years and I was tired of it,” she said. 

Michelle also noted how growing up, her father had his own business, so she was aware of all the benefits associated with entrepreneurship and being your own boss. 

This desire to be in business for themselves led Ken and Michelle to begin looking at franchises. “I had a list of requirements when looking at the different franchise opportunities available in our area [St. Louis County, Missouri],” Ken said. “My list included a low-investment range, low overhead and recurring revenue. I also wanted something where I was doing a service for the community.”

Mosquito Hunters met all of Ken’s requirements, and he was sold on the brand. Ken and Michelle signed their franchise agreement just in time to attend the Fall Training Class in November 2019 and described how the class was a great experience for them. For Michelle, the role-playing activities were extremely helpful because they allowed for each new franchisee to learn how to interact with customers. For Ken, the technician training, product training and recruiting sessions were particularly helpful. Additionally, he noted how crucial the marketing session was: “The marketing session of the training class was great — it really helped us understand the different aspects of how the marketing will work, including the marketing that Mosquito Hunters itself was going to be handling and then everything that we needed to handle on the local level.”

As they make their way through the 2020 season, Ken and Michelle are excited to establish their presence as Mosquito Hunters business owners in the St. Louis County area. They are also excited to help people in their community be able to enjoy spending time with their families outside in their backyards 

New Mosquito Hunters franchisee Brian Ferraro of Billerica, Massachusetts also joined the brand last year. Ferraro worked as the service manager for the Mass State Lottery Commission, while also owning, operating and coaching hockey at Huskies Hockey Ltd. in North Billerica, Massachusetts. After 20+ years with the State Lottery Commission, Ferraro decided it was time to set his focus on growing the Huskies program. 

After selling the hockey program in 2016, Ferraro decided it was time to do something else and ultimately decided to franchise with Mosquito Hunters. In late 2019, Ferraro became the mosquito and tick control concept’s newest franchisee and will work alongside his significant other and business partner Barbara Maher, who will serve a Director of Administration.

When asked why he decided to invest in a franchise, Ferraro noted that he had always enjoyed being a small business owner and wanted to dip his toes into something new. “I really enjoy providing services to my customers and building lasting relationships with them,” he said. “I chose to franchise with Mosquito Hunters because their business model exemplifies my beliefs in what a small business should represent to its community. I felt an immediate connection with the Mosquito Hunters management team and was impressed by the extended support that I have received and continue to receive as a franchisee.”

Like Ken and Michelle Freshley, the Mosquito Hunter’s fall training class was a fun and informative experience for Ferraro. “The training was very informative: It answered all of the questions I had going into the business as a new owner,” he said. “Getting a better understanding of the overall business model, the product and application, and the support that will be available to me once I start the season was extremely helpful.”

Ferraro is excited now be ramping up his Mosquito Hunters business. Additionally, he’s excited to be able to help the families in his community restore their backyards. “Families value time outdoors but are growing increasingly concerned about potential exposure to diseases from mosquitoes. Mosquito Hunters is restoring the faith and assurances needed for individuals to be able to enjoy the outdoors again.”

Since its founding in 2014, Mosquito Hunters has become a leader in the mosquito and tick control space. The brand has now exceeded 80 locations across 23 states and continues to show growth year-over-year thanks to its consistently high profit margins, recurring revenue streams, growth potential, low cost of entry and 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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