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Assassin Bug benefit
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Assassin Bug - benefit
See also: adult | larva

Scientific Name: Reduviidae: several species

Status: beneficial predator

Beneficial Stage: nymph and adult

Value: Sometimes assassin bugs are feared because they are capable of inflicting painful bites. A few live in homes and can transmit human diseases, but generally, the assassin bug is considered a beneficial predator of pest insects. They prey upon ants, cockroaches, and bedbugs as well as pests that are harmful to crops and vegetation.