Five Star Franchising Acquires Mosquito Shield

Five Star Franchising Mosquito Shield

21-Year-old Pest-Control Brand Is Poised for Major Growth  

Five Star Franchising, a service-based franchise platform company, announced the acquisition of Mosquito Shield in mid-March. Five Star, an umbrella franchisor that launched in June of last year and is headquartered in Springville, Utah, has now notched eight acquisitions. In a statement about its latest deal, the company said that Mosquito Shield opens up opportunities to provide services relating to home exteriors.  

Twenty-one-year-old Mosquito Shield offers residential mosquito and tick control services. One of Entrepreneur magazine’s top Franchise 500 businesses, the brand has more than 300 franchise territories in 27 states. Mosquito Shield, which is based in North Attleboro, Mass., has an array of proprietary products that make it an attractive franchise opportunity for investors. 

Five Star’s Growth Plans

Five Star CEO Scott Abbott said Mosquito Shield’s “unique model and proprietary products deliver a superior service experience for customers looking to manage the risks associated with mosquitos and other pests. Their growth is directly attributable to their commitment to excellence. We are very excited to announce our partnership and look forward to growing together.”

Mosquito Shield founder David Briggs will stay on through the acquisition as an adviser. Michael Moorhouse ad Brad Maher, both of whom have been with the company for more than a decade, will serve as Mosquito Shield brand president and vice president respectively now that the brand moves under the Five Star umbrella. 

“Five Star’s capabilities, management team and vision made them a natural fit as a partner to Mosquito Shield,” Briggs said in a news release about the acquisition. Moorhouse praised “Five Star’s extensive development and operational capabilities,” which he said will foster growth in Mosquito Shield’s franchise system and provide excellent support to franchisees. 

Five Star at a Glance

Besides Mosquito Shield, other Five Star franchised brands are Bio-One, Five Star Bath Solutions, Gotcha Covered, 1-800 Packouts and 1-800 Textiles. ProNexis, a call center and lead-generation company for home-services franchises, also is a Five Star company. Five Star’s brands encompass 350-plus franchise territories in the United States and Canada. Five Star has the backing of Princeton Equity Group, a private equity firm focused on acquiring franchisor and multi-unit companies. Princeton Equity Group invests long-term in franchisor and multi-unit companies, the news release stated, and the firm works with its companies’ leadership teams to increase value.


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