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The Abilene Reporter-News: In Search of Career Change, Franchisee Joins Mosquito Joe
The Abilene Reporter-News: In Search of Career Change, Franchisee Joins Mosquito Joe

After a near-fatal hunting accident, Cole Watts decided to turn his life around and become a Mosquito Joe franchisee.

In November of 2014, Cole Watts was accidentally shot while hunting in Colorado City and it required him to stay in intensive care for nearly a month.

Before the accident, Watts had been working in the family business, More Clean of Texas, but he had always had the aspirations of owning his own business.

"I was looking for ways to expand the residential side … to grow into that market," said Watts. "I discovered the Mosquito Joe franchise, and it piqued my interest because it seemed like a no-brainer to go kill mosquitoes."

Cole opened on April 4 in Abilene. And now, especially after Abilene, San Angelo and Brownwood experienced more rainfall than normal, his services are becoming increasingly required in the area. His goal was always to start a business that would help out his immediate community, where he was born and raised.

"By all rights, I shouldn't be alive," he said. "I want to focus on the future, and do what I can do to use the gift I was given to help other people."

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