Subject: bugs in my house
Location: Ontario
July 22, 2017 11:35 pm
over the last few days there have been multiple occurrences of these black/dark brown bugs in my home. I have seen one near the bathroom on two separate occasions, and tonight one flew into a table lamp in the living room. I have just been catching them and letting them loose outside, but my girlfriend is worried they may be cockroaches, although I don’t think they are. I am concerned bc our cats are trying to eat them, so I would like to make sure they aren’t any danger to them.
Signature: madelynn

Masked Hunter

Dear Madelynn,
This is a Masked Hunter, a predatory Assassin Bug that has adapted to living with humans.  The immature Masked Hunters have a sticky exoskeleton that attracts debris, effectively masking the insect so it is camouflaged in its environment.  Handle Masked Hunters with caution.  They might bite.

Location: Ontario, Canada

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