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Jun 11, 2001
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Think that is the family of "bloodsuckers", although I recall the ones from canada rarely feed on humans... just squish it. If it has a much wider body and shorter... it's probably a stink bug... you dont' want to squish those, just grab it and let it go outside.
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Woodstock
If no one here has the right answer, you can post your photo to iNaturalist.com or to BugGuide.net if you want.
Actually looking closer yours looks more like Nabis (see https://bugguide.net/node/view/492373 ) If it is a Nabis, they eat insects including aphids and caterpillars.

Possibly a Western Conifer Seed Bug, or a similar kind. Like ladybugs, they often try to get into somewhere warm to spend the winter sleeping. If it's too warm, though, they wake up and move around.
https://naturalcrooks.com/rambles/weste ... g-ontario/
But it doesn't look like yours has the wide flat part on the rear leg.
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Saskatoon
Closest match I can find is a Damsel Bug.
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Woodstock
In all these suggestions, none of them are insects that will start living and breeding in your house. They are all examples of outside insects that are attracted to warmth (and sometimes that come inside on Christmas trees, outdoor plants, etc.) So it is unlikely you will see many of them or that you will need to do anything.

Damsel bug = Nabis, by the way. So Mars2012 and I are suggesting the same thing. There are several reports indoor/outdoors of Nabis in the GTA on iNaturalist.
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I see those occasionally. They come from outside. If you squish them they smell kinda bad/green smelling. I think they eat leaves. There are many similar looking bugs though
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That looks exactly like a damsel bug. I wasn’t worried, more so curious. I found it behind my baseboards (among other things lol). After reading about it, this one seems beneficial! It kills stuff I don’t want in my house

BetCrooks wrote: In all these suggestions, none of them are insects that will start living and breeding in your house. They are all examples of outside insects that are attracted to warmth (and sometimes that come inside on Christmas trees, outdoor plants, etc.) So it is unlikely you will see many of them or that you will need to do anything.

Damsel bug = Nabis, by the way. So Mars2012 and I are suggesting the same thing. There are several reports indoor/outdoors of Nabis in the GTA on iNaturalist.
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Paris
Whenever you find a Masked Hunter bug in your house, give him a wide berth and send him on his way back into the depths of your house to defend it from stuff you DON’T want.

Dont pick it up and get bit by it either, its very painful.

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