You doubtless know the old maxim about necessity being the mother of invention. So it was that recent spate of reports of a bedbug breakout in many cities was incentive enough to convince a New York iPhone app developer to get coding.
"Everyone's biggest fear is now bedbugs. It seems to be everywhere you turn--Bloomingdales, the Waldorf--you're hearing about it," said Adam Kotkin, CEO of Apps Genius.
His 11-person company today is releasing an app that will let people go online and map out reports of the latest bug infestations in 10 major American cities. It will also let them submit their own sightings.
"I live in New York and I thought it would be a good way to keep track," Kotkin said. The reports are culled from bulletins sent out by local health departments, as well as media and individual reports of bedbug infestations.
Kotkin said the next version of the software will color-coordinate the time of the sightings so users will know when they were posted.
"Right now, if I see something about bedbugs at Bloomingdales, I wouldn't know whether that was a report from today or from two weeks ago," he added.
The Bed Bug Alert app is available from the Apple App Store for $1.99.
This story originally appeared on CBSNews.com.