Masked Hunter

Reduvius personatus

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Masked Hunter

Adult masked hunter (Joseph Berger,

masked hunter

Camouflaged masked hunter nymph covered in debris (Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University,

Masked Hunter

Masked hunter eggs (Joseph Berger,


  • 9/10 inch long
  • dark brown to black
  • slender body
  • immatures camouflage by covering themselves in dirt and debris

Nesting Habits

  • garages, dirty closets, boiler rooms and other dirty, dusty areas
  • occasionally enter bedrooms


  • other arthropods


  • occasionally found indoors and may bite, even if unprovoked
  • considered a beneficial predatory insect
  • does NOT transmit Chagas disease

IPM Recommendations

  • Use door sweeps on all doors leading outside or into a garage or storage area.
  • Eliminate other insects that serve as a food source.
  • Vacuum regularly.
  • Change exterior lighting to sodium vapor light bulbs.