Mosquito Squad, a franchise dedicated to controlling mosquitoes and ticks in North America, announced Wednesday the launch of its first store in Puerto Rico.
Mosquito Squad of San Juan, owned by Simon Benus, has already begun providing protection against mosquitoes and ticks in San Juan and other municipalities, company executives said.
“I am very happy to join the Mosquito Squad family and to introduce the brand in Puerto Rico. I am very excited to be one of the young entrepreneurs who are betting on the continued economic development of our island,” Benus said.
“The tick populations, and especially mosquitoes, which are responsible for diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya, have increased exponentially in Puerto Rico and have become a problem for our people over the past years,” he said.
“Our goal is to educate the public on how to take proactive action to eliminate mosquitoes and ticks so they can comfortably enjoy outdoor spaces,” he added.
Prior to launching the new business, Benus worked in the hospitality industry for over a decade. Benus has an MBA from the University of Miami majoring in Business Administration and has worked in project management, customer service and accounting.
He spent several years looking for a business opportunity that could develop by itself, and seeing the situation with mosquitoes that has arisen in recent years on the island, he decided that Mosquito Squad was the ideal business “because it could help solve the problem and simultaneously establish a solid business,” he said.
Mosquito Squad uses barrier treatments, larvicides and natural substances that have been most recently registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, for its acronym in English) to eliminate mosquitoes and outdoor patios.