Acrobat ants are just a slight nuisance. They aren’t as problematic as other types of ants. These ants are light brown to black in color and are roughly ⅛-in long. Acrobat ants have a unique heart-shaped abdomen which gives them the ability to raise their abdomen over their thorax and head. This abdominal behavior can help with the production of venom which is used to sting their prey and for defense. Acrobat ants prey on wasps, grasshoppers, and termites. They are equipped with pad-like projections called arolia which allows them to carry prey back to the nest.
Like most ants, acrobat ants live in colonies ruled by a large queen ant with both soldier ants and worker ants. Acrobat ants are considered arboreal species because their nests are often found in wood and trees. They also prefer dark and damp areas to nest, so damp firewood that is stored in your yard is a perfect nesting spot. An easy way to eliminate acrobat ants is to just dry out the areas where they have inhabited.