Mother-to-be Amanda McClurg knows firsthand how the bed bugs bite. The problem was how to pay to get rid of them.
Thankfully, one of the area's biggest extermination companies in Southwest Florida is coming to the rescue.
Truly Nolen gave back to McClurg and her military family in Cape Coral Thursday. McClurg received bed bug extermination to her rented apartment, compliments of the company.
Trevor Taulman, owner of the Truly Nolen Cape Coral office, said McClurg called them to her apartment to see the problem for themselves.
The problem was going to be money, since her husband was in basic training for the Army and McClurg lived alone and wasn't able to work so close to delivery.
"It was out of her budget. A service like this typically costs $300," Taulman said. "She told us she had a budget of $150."
The inspector, Sergio Martinez, took a look, explained her options, and went back to Taulman to explain the situation. Martinez said he would be willing to go out there and do the job gratis.
"He heard her story and the position she was in, and it meant a lot to him to get this taken care of," Taulman said. "I said he didn't have to go alone, that we would do it as a company and not charge her."
Nobody was more surprised than McClurg when she got the call they were going to do the job for free.
"It couldn't have been a better time to help me out," McClurg said. "I was so appreciative they were doing this for me."
Taulman said the company doesn't do free work often, only in certain instances and if it helps a family in the community. In May, they helped a man in his 40s with a defibrillator in his heart who also needed bedbug eradication done.
This case was a no brainer, and he was happy to do it.
"He's going out and joining the military and supporting our country, so we need to take families like that and support them," Taulman said. "It feels great to see the reaction of these people when they didn't expect anyone to help them. It lets them move forward in a positive direction."
"I had never heard of a company doing something like this. Before it was like everyone was out to make a buck," McClurg said. "It's nice to know there are people out there who want to help the community."
Bed bugs have been around since the 11th century and have learned to live and thrive with humans. While their bites aren't painful or known to transmit any diseases, you may get an infection from scratching the bite.