ohDEER opens Central Virginia location


April 10, 2024


From left: Colleen Upham, owner and co-founder of ohDeer;  Josh Hafner and  Wes Davis, owners of ohDEER of Central Virginia; and Bryan Voshing, head of marketing at ohDeer. PHOTO: OHDEER

ohDEER opens its newest franchise location in Central Virginia, marking a decade in franchising for the company.

ohDEER of Central Virginia is owned by Josh Hafner and Wes Davis. The friends, who have backgrounds in the home services industry, sought a joint business opportunity and identified a community need for a “natural solution to protect families in their backyards from deer, ticks and mosquitoes,” per the news release.

“As a father of young kids, I understand that parents are starting to see tick and mosquito control as not just a luxury, but a necessity in fighting insect-borne diseases,” Davis said in the news release. “ohDEER gives us the opportunity to build a thriving business that will make a positive impact in our community.”

The brand, which includes 14 franchisees across Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia, has immediate development goals of expanding into more locations in existing states and branching into neighboring states along the Northeast coast, aiming to surpass 50 locations by 2027.

“We are seeing substantial traction with the ohDEER franchise opportunity at a time when a growing number of homeowners are demanding all-natural pest care solutions,” said Colleen Upham, owner and co-founder of ohDEER. “As our franchise system grows, we are also celebrating a decade in business for our first two franchisees. They have both renewed their franchise agreement for a second term, setting a precedent for future partners. We look forward to propelling ohDEER franchise development to the next level and strengthening our presence in current and new markets.”

About ohDEER

Established in 2006 in Wayland, Mass., by co-founders Kurt and Colleen Upham, OhDEER is a provider of innovative and environmentally friendly solutions for deer, tick and mosquito control. OhDEER specializes in all-natural products designed to address outdoor pest challenges effectively ensuring the well-being of both the environment and customers. OhDEER began franchising in 2014 and today has 14 locations spanning across Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia.


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Ellen Wagner is a former digital editor for PMP magazine.

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