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  • Masked Hunter - (Reduvius personatus)

    Masked Hunter - (Reduvius personatus)

    The Masked Hunter may be a predator to small insects, but that doesn't stop it from inflicting painful bites on careless handlers.

    Staff Writer (2/2/2017): The Masked Hunter is a type of Assassin Bug. This family of insects is known for its ability to inflict painful bites on people thanks to a very strong beak. This beak is normally used to rapidly stab an insect to death, but it also a weapon of self-defense it it feels threatened.

    The Masked Hunter primarily eats Bed Bugs and are active at night. Sightings of Masked Hunters indoors is usually a result of a bed bug infestation in the home. To eliminate the Masked Hunter, the presence of bed bugs must be removed, usually with the help of a professional exterminator. Masked Hunters will also eat roly polys and earwigs in the absence of their preferred food.

    Nymphs, or juveniles, are smaller and are covered in sticky hairs. Dust, lint and dirt will stick to the body and legs of the nymph making it look appear more like an alien rather than an insect.

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    Masked Hunter

    Category: True Bug
    Common name: Masked Hunter
    Scientific Name: Reduvius personatus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hemiptera
          Family: Reduviidae
           Genus: Reduvius
            Species: personatus

    Size (Adult, Length): 10mm to 18mm (0.39in to 0.71in)

    Identifying Colors: black, gray

    Additional Descriptors: dusty, dirty, biting, flying, noisy

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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