Asked October 07, 2015, 10:46 PM EDT
Dakota County Minnesota
grow into adulthood without going through these changes. In addition they eat the same food as the adults (unlike insects like butterflies,
whose babies ((caterpillars)) eat leaves).
Here is an explanation of these processes:
And here is information about the little bugger who bit your child:
I hope this is helpful. Please contact AaE again if you have further questions.
Again, Thank you for getting back to me to quickly. DiEtte
Avoiding our harmful assassins involves taking simple precautions. Exclude them from your home by repairing window screens, applying weatherstripping, and sealing other openings. Use yellow bulbs in porchlights, and dispense with bug zappers. Do not camp or sleep inside caves, barns or other sheltered areas frequented by masked hunters, corsairs, and conenoses. To avoid a self-defense bite, gently brush away any bug that lands on you.
The beneficial qualities of assassin bugs far outweigh their negative potential, and learning to get along with these indispensable predators is in our own best interest.
If it's not the assassan bug, what is this? I was looking at the article you sent me back in October and it seems like it's the same bug, just an adult this time.
Please advise, DiEtte
Since these bugs produce only one generation per year - and they tend to be solitary and somewhat nomadic - there probably aren't lots of others in your house. They are coming in from the outside. Controlling them indoors involves thorough cleaning and vacuuming to reduce other prey insects, caulking areas that may be open to the outdoor, keeping pets indoors. Here is another publication that contains information about keeping them out of your house: