Too many bedbugs, too little cash? Apply for charity help

Beddy the bed bug

Cute mascot, soon to be brutally gassed to death

Bed bugs are terrifying not just for their sci-fi levels of indestructibility, but also for the sheer cost of getting rid of them, which can run $1,000 or more. If the bug plague is threatening to grinch up your holidays this year, you may be in luck: NJ-based Bed Bug Central is offering a charitable holiday bed bug elimination program to people in rough financial situations who can’t otherwise afford it. To qualify, you have to write a 300-word letter to “Beddy Bed Bug” (seriously) explaining why your home could use the free service this season. Of course, the best bet is to not get them in the first place, but here’s how to apply.

The offer is good for single-family homes, apartments, group homes, shelters and nursing homes. If selected, you’ll be notified the first week of December, and the pest control team will come to your home on between Dec. 12-19. Submit your “too poor to afford bed bug treatment” essays either by email:; snail: “Beddy Bed Bug” (again, seriously), 351 Lawrence Station Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648; or via Facebook.

It does come with this caveat, however:
“These efforts are not intended to eliminate all bed bugs from your home or facility but to better the situation and provide you with some comfort as the holiday season approaches.”

So even charity may note quite kill those suckers, but it’s better than nothing.

via The Awl