Acrobat ants get their name from the worker ant’s unique ability to raise their abdomen above their head, especially when disturbed. When doing so, these ants look like gymnasts. Acrobat ants are light brown to black in color and 3 to 5 millimeters in length. They emit unpleasant odors when disturbed and have a heart-shaped abdomen. Acrobat ants eat insects and honeydew. They will protect aphids and feed on the honeydew that they produce.
Why Do I Have Them?
Acrobat ants prefer damp environments and are often found outdoors in dead or decaying wood. They are known to invade homes and properties across Wisconsin. Ants seek food and shelter by invading houses through foundation cracks, electrical lines, and tree limbs. Once indoors, ant colonies nest in insulation and damp or rotting woodwork.
Acrobat ants are primarily outdoor pests, but their presence often indicates damaged wood. These ants will nest indoors if moist and rotted wood exists inside your home. Common problem areas include decks, door frames, and soffits. Acrobat ants will also nest inside wood that has already contained tunnels from termites or carpenter ants.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Acrobat ants are problematic when they invade your home and property. They are not only a nuisance, but their presence can indicate water leaks and rotted wood within the home. Ant colonies need moisture and will nest in damaged woodwork and insulation. When foraging for food, these ants will also contaminate sweets and grains found within kitchen pantries.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Acrobat Ants?
Getting rid of acrobat ants can be difficult because of their large colonies and nesting habits. Repairing water leaks and improving air ventilation will help prevent acrobat ants. If ants have already invaded your home, the most effective way to get rid of an ant infestation is to contact a pest control professional. At Advanced Wildlife and Pest Control, we offer effective pest services that will get rid of your ant problem.