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Acrobat Ants

What do acrobat ants look like?

ants taking food up a tree in bloomington

There are many species of acrobat ants found living throughout the U.S. Their appearance varies slightly depending on the specific species. In general, acrobat ants range from a light yellow-brown to black, and some can even be multicolored! Adult workers grow to about 1/8th of an inch in length; the queens are larger and grow to be about 3/8th of an inch. Acrobat ants have a couple of distinctive features that allow them to be easily identified. First, they have the very unique acrobatic ability of being able to hold their abdomen up over the rest of their body. Secondly, they have a heart-shaped abdomen; and lastly, these ants emit a foul-smelling odor when they feel threatened.

Where are acrobat ants found?

Acrobat ants living outside can be found nesting and living under rocks and logs, in firewood piles, and in or under decaying trees. They may also take the easy way out and invade nesting cavities that they come across that other insects have already created. Acrobat ants invade homes and other buildings while foraging for food or suitable nesting areas. They typically find their way into buildings by trailing along tree lines and utility lines as well as along the rails of connected fences and decks. Acrobat ants enter inside through cracks and crevices found in the foundation, through gaps found around windows, underneath gaps found around exterior doors, and through spaces found around utility entrances.  

What do acrobat ants eat?

Acrobat ants typically feed on honeydew from aphids and mealy bugs, along with live or dead insects that they come across. When foraging for food inside homes, they enjoy feeding on sweet food and foods that are high in protein like meats.

DIY acrobat ant prevention and control tips

Controlling acrobat ants around your property is important because large colonies can become aggressive, especially if they feel threatened. There are many things you can do to help prevent and control problems with acrobat ants. Trim trees and shrubs away from the outside walls of your home. Remove dead trees, limbs, and stumps from your yard, and make sure to store firewood up off the ground and away from the exterior walls of your house. Acrobat ants are attracted to moisture so eliminating excess moisture is important. Be sure to fix leaky outdoor fixtures and make sure that gutters are cleaned out and working properly. Inside your home, be sure to fix leaky pipes and faucets and use de-humidifiers in damp areas. It is also extremely helpful to seal crack and crevices in your home’s foundation, caulk gaps found around windows and doors, and seal openings found around utility entrances.

Professional acrobat ant control 

The ant control professionals here at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators have the training, skill, and experience required to eliminate the entire colony of acrobat ants invading your home and/or property. Our technicians can get rid of acrobat ants by performing a full perimeter treatment in addition to other treatment measures, when necessary, through our comprehensive Home Guardian℠ Service. For more information about ridding your property of acrobat ants through our very safe and effective ant control services, give us a call today!

 

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