The Masked Hunter may be a predator to small insects, but that doesn't stop it from inflicting painful bites on careless handlers.
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, fang-like beak. This beak is normally used to rapidly stab an insect to death, but it also a weapon of self-defense if it feels threatened. Nymphs, or juveniles, are small and are covered in sticky hairs. Dust, lint, and dirt sticks to the body and legs of the nymph making it look appear more like an alien rather than an insect. This dusty covering makes the Masked Hunter nymph a curiosity to observers who do not know its true identity.
The Masked Hunter adult primarily eats Bed Bugs and are active at night. Sightings of Masked Hunters indoors is usually a result of a bed bug presence inside the home. To eliminate the Masked Hunter, its food source -bed bugs- must be removed. This process usually requires the help of a professional exterminator. In nature, Masked Hunters also eat roly polys (wood lice) and earwigs in the absence of their preferred food.
Scientific Name: Reduvius personatus
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 18mm (0.39in to 0.70in)
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