The Edmond Sun

May 9, 2014

Couple opens first Mosquito Joe franchise in state

Van Mitchell
Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Rich Anthony and his wife Amber were looking for alternatives to having to making weekly trips to the store to purchase bug spray to help keep their home safe for their toddler son Locke, who is allergic to insect bites.

The couple found that in a Mosquito Joe franchise that Anthony purchased and opened last October.

“We had a baby that has some hearing issues,” Anthony said. “He loves to be outside but he is highly allergic to mosquitos. We were spending $30 and $40 a week at Lowe’s and Home Depot buying mosquito sprays to spray our yard. I stumbled across the Mosquito Joe’s website and I thought it was a pretty good program and I loved what they had to say.”

Anthony, a longtime police officer who now works part-time for the Sac and Fox Tribe, traveled to Virginia Beach, Va., to learn more about the program. His wife Amber owns a Jenny Craig franchise at 33rd and Broadway in Edmond as well as one in Norman and two in Oklahoma City.

Virginia Beach, Va.-based Mosquito Joe provides mosquito control treatment to residential and commercial customers nationwide. Technicians are trained mosquito control experts dedicated to getting rid of mosquitos so people can enjoy being outside again.

While each Mosquito Joe is an independently owned franchise, it is also backed by a national network of technical expertise.

“This program is amazing,” said Anthony, who operates his business out of his north Oklahoma City home. “Oklahoma doesn’t have anything like it.”

Anthony said business has been steadily growing since opening last fall. He now has one employee.

“We haven’t done a lot of advertising,” Anthony said. “We have been on Facebook, done direct mailers and through word of mouth. The business has been growing.”

Anthony said the transition from working as a police officer to being his own boss has been smooth. He said having a Mosquito Joe franchise enables him to help his son and others in their battle against insects.

“It has been a real easy transition,” he said. “We sit at home at night with our doors and windows open and lights on and there are no bugs.”

Anthony said his son Locke has been receiving services from Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma City and as a result he sprays the school for free when needed as a way to give back. Hearts for Hearing is a comprehensive hearing healthcare provider serving infants to adults.

Anthony is also giving back to the residents of Mayflower, Ark., which was recently hit by a large tornado. He teamed up with the Moore Police Department.

They departed May 1 with several trailers of equipment including an ATV to help deliver food into neighborhoods leveled by the storm.

Anthony said he also took his spraying equipment with him to spray neighborhoods where they delivered food.



FOR MORE information about Mosquito Joe of North Oklahoma City, call 445-4024 or visit www.mosquitojoefranchise.com.