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What do acrobat ants look like?

  • Size: 1/16 -1/8 in.
  • Color: Light brown to black
  • Body Structure: Head, two spines on the thorax, and heart-shaped abdomen when viewed from above

Characteristics of acrobat ants

When disturbed, acrobat ants will raise their abdomens over their head and thoraxes in a threatening manner. Likewise, worker ants will emit a foul odor and may bite when disturbed.

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When are acrobat ants commonly active?

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall

How are acrobat ant colonies formed?

Colonies are formed by flying ants, or “swarmers,” anytime from May to September.

Where do acrobat ants nest?

Acrobat ants nest in moist, damp areas, from rotting logs to tree stumps. Often, acrobat ants will nest indoors wherever damp, damaged wood is present. They also may nest in Styrofoam insulation, wall voids, or in the abandoned nests of termites or other wood-boring insects.

What do acrobat ants eat?

In the wild, acrobat ants feed on other insects and honeydew. Indoors, they seek out sugary, sweet food items.

Are acrobat ants dangerous?

Although acrobat ants are capable of biting, they do not spread disease and are not considered a threat to health or property.

Why do I have an acrobat ant infestation?

The presence of acrobat ants may indicate a larger moisture problem in your home.

How do I get rid of acrobat ants?

In order to eliminate acrobat ants, the nest must be located and treated. Tracking acrobat ants’ trail back to the nest often is difficult and so identification and treatment is best left to pest control specialists.

At Miller Pest & Termite, we offer effective pest control services that include accurate identification of the ant and treatment that exterminates acrobat ants completely.  Reach out today to find out how our local pest control team can help you get rid of acrobat ants!

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How can I prevent an acrobat ant problem?

Since acrobat ants enter homes by crawling along pipes and electrical wiring and using other openings on the exterior of the structure, it is necessary to caulk or seal off all potential entry points – from the smallest crack to the gap around a door frame to larger holes.

Homeowners should also keep the kitchen, dining room, and other areas where food is prepped or consumed free and clear of crumbs, spills, and other food debris.

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