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Mosquito Shield

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Mosquito Shield

Getting eaten alive by mosquitoes is a regular feature of the summer, but with the emergence of the Zika virus, the insects are more than just a nuisance — they can be a serious health risk. Mosquito Shield, a mosquito-and-tick-control franchise company, uses a professionally applied and naturally sourced mosquito spray to kill and repel these critters.

Michael Moorhouse, vice president and director of operations for Mosquito Shield, said the business currently boasts more than 40 franchise locations across the United States and continues to expand. But while fears about Zika keep Mosquito Shield's phones ringing, it isn't something he wants to exploit.

"We're not in the business of taking advantage of people's fears to turn a profit," he said. "The Zika threat aside, we provide a quality-of-life service, and that's really resonating with our customers and our franchise prospects."

Cost to buy: From $73,100 to $106,800
Fees: 6 percent to 9 percent of gross sales on weekly basis

Source: Mosquito Shield