Masked Hunter

Masked Hunter Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

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Reduvius personatus
How To Identify A Masked Hunter

Masked hunters are 9/10 of an inch in length and are a dark brown to black color. They have a slender body. Immatures will camouflage by covering themselves in dirt and debris. 

Where Can You Find Them

Masked hunters can be found in garages, dirty closets, boiler rooms and other dirty, dusty areas. They occasionally enter bedrooms. 

Black colored masked hunter on a green leaf

Are They A Health Risk

Masked hunters can occasionally be found indoors and may bite, even if unprovoked. They are considered a beneficial predatory insect. They do NOT transmit Chagas disease. 


Photo to the left by Joseph Berger,

Reduvius personatus

Diet :

Other arthropods

Impact :

Cause fearfulness because of their bites and their looks.

Tips & Tricks

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How To Prevent Masked Hunters

  • You can prevent masked hunters by using 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.

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How Thorn Can Help

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our Approach To Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

Driven By Science. Lead By Service.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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