Continuing our unintentional creepy-crawly theme on Scope today (fruit flies, spiders and bedbugs), I've just come across a rather comprehensive look at bedbugs on NYU's Clinical Correlations. It's, honestly, a subject that completely grosses me out, but the entry was reviewed by NYU faculty and it is worth reading if you want to know more about the scourge of second-hand mattresses:
Cimex lectularius, commonly known as the bedbug, had been a pest of yesteryear, until recently. Reports of bedbug infestation in hotels began to emerge at the turn of the millennium. Soon after, bedbugs spread like wildfire across major cities in the country, infesting apartments, private houses, college dormitories, nursing homes, and even hospitals. New York City was no exception; in 2008, the city’s 311 hotline received almost 10,000 bedbug complaints, a 34% increase from the year before.  New York has a bedbug epidemic, and there is no relief in sight.