By Anne Eickstadt

SUBMITTED PHOTO Belvidere Daily Republican
Elyce and Jake Schlichting of Belvidere are aiding area home and business owners with effective mosquito control with their new Mosquito Joe’s franchise.

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“Jake and I went to Michigan for a wedding,” said Elyce Schlichting of Mosquito Joe of Rockford-Crystal Lake. “While there, we visited with friends on their back porch in a forest preserve. We had spent three or four hours out there when we realized there were no mosquitos bothering us. We asked what they used to control the mosquitos and they told us that they used a service.

“On the six-hour drive back home to Belvidere, we researched Mosquito Joe’s and realized that no one in our area was dedicated to controlling the mosquito population. We realized that there was an unmet need in our community. Within a couple days, we had purchased a franchise. We have felt like family since the moment we walked in their door.

“There are a lot of sicknesses borne by mosquitos, ticks, and fleas. We are the experts when it comes to these bugs. We cover all of Boone County, Winnebago County, and well into Crystal Lake in McHenry County.

“Our treatment is safe, once it dries, for kids and pets. We make sure the area is cleared before we spray. Once the treatment has dried, about 30 minutes, it is safe for children, pets, and adults to go back out and play and resume normal activities.

“Jake and I have three dogs and two kids and we are our own best customers.

“We can use all natural chemicals but we also have some synthetic chemicals as well. What we use is based on what the customer wants and needs, and the location – whether it is water, a vegetable garden, flower garden, etc.

“A technician comes out to the yard with you to check out what is needed. The first treatment will eliminate about 75 percent of the mosquitos. By the second or third treatment, you will have a 95 percent mosquito free yard.

“We come out every three weeks. We are trying to interrupt the mosquito life cycle. If we don’t stay on top of it, you will be calling us back. We have an event spray, which is great. We can spray the day before your event or even the day of your event and get rid of the mosquitos.

“Jake and I were born and raised in the Belvidere/Rockford area and we live in Belvidere. For right now, we are running the business out of our house but we hope to expand the business until we need a separate office. We are currently looking for two to five part-time technicians to work through the mosquito season. They will have to get licensed but they can get on-the-job training.

“We work with homeowner associations and referral programs. We also do special event spraying. It costs about $69 per treatment for one acre and takes about 15 minutes. We will do our best to give you a best estimate up front, often within five minutes of your call. We can refine that when we arrive and check out your yard in person.

“We have a Facebook page at

For complete article, pick up the March 14 Belvidere Daily Republican