assassin bug

Masked hunter bug bite

6038     Hello, I am located in Scarbrough Ontario. This bug bit me in my bed . It stung so bad it felt like razor blades for about 5 min. After it bit me it flipped over and was stunned on its back . I don’t see it on any Canadian bug charts or your charts. Should I be concerned? Is it a kissing bug?   What should I do?

This is an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter (Reduvius personata). These are reported as having a very painful but not dangerous bite (they do not vector any human pathogens). See http://tinyurl.com/23g4bdy for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.