Acrobat Ants


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  • Appearance: Acrobat ants get their names from being acrobatic; it’s a habit they have to raise their abdomen above their head. They do this when being disturbed along with emitting an unpleasant smell. Having a heart-shaped abdomen when viewed from above also sets them apart as being an acrobat ant. Acrobat ants are small in sizes. 5.4mm or less is the length of most of these species. There are several species of Acrobat ants in the United States.
  • Behavior, Diet &Habits: Acrobat ants like moisture for that reason they nest near or under stones, in stumps, under woodpiles and in rotting logs. When invading homes, they will nest in damp areas such as in foam sheathing behind siding, and they have even been found in roofing near a leaking skylight. Acrobat ants will also nest in wood that termites or carpenter ants have damaged. They are like the “maids,” they clean out, push dirt, and wood scraps out of the galleries that other insects have made. Often homeowners find the rubble from the cleanup and mistake it for an active infestation of termites. Acrobat ants eat insects and honeydew. The definition of honeydew is; a sweet, sticky substance excreted by aphids and often deposited on leaves and stems (Dictionary). Acrobat ants are protective and will protect the aphids that produce honeydew. When and if acrobat ants make it into the home they will eat the sweets and the meats. There are several ways in which an acrobatic worker ant can enter your home.  Door thresholds, construction gaps, openings of pipes or wires that go through the house are all common entryways. They will also make trails on the ground, and have even been known to make trails on utility lines. Worker ants will also gain entry by following tree limbs or shrubs that touch your home.
  • Reproduction: Acrobat ants produce winged males and females called swarmers. Swarmers will fly out of the nest and also mate. The mated females disperse from the others and become queens of their own colonies. Queens begin laying eggs, which is followed by the workers tending to them.
  • Signs of an Acrobat Ant Infestation: Acrobat ants will nest inside of buildings, sometimes inside insulated spaces. Some signs to watch for are; Trails, they use trails for their resources; Debris; they make debris as the clean out or extract their nests. This debris will consist of foam insulation and dead ants near or around the nest.
  • More Information: A thorough inspection is vital in helping to prevent an infestation of acrobat ants. If you see evidence of nesting such as foam on the ground by foundation, or trails inside or around the home, there is a good chance they have started nesting. Correcting moisture problems in and around those areas is necessary in eliminating acrobat ants. Maintaining and trimming shrubs and tree limbs around the home is essential to the invasion of acrobat ants. Checking attic vents, repairing damaged screens, caulking opening around pipes, utility lines, and moving firewood piles away from homes are also steps that can be taken in preventing an infestation of acrobat ants.
  • In Conclusion, if you feel like you have an infestation or nest of Acrobat ants it is recommended that you contact your pest control professional to locate and eliminate the issue. Ant nests are sometimes difficult and hard to find, your certified and trained professional will locate and treat the issue.

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