- Color: Light brown to black
- Size: 1/8
- Legs: 6
- Antennae: Yes
- Shape: Heart-shaped abdomen
- Region: All
Acrobat Ants are a species of light brown to black ants found throughout the United States. These ants get their name from their ability to raise their abdomen over their thorax (or upper body). Acrobat ants are most commonly a simple nuisance, but once their colony is disturbed, they can bite.
Signs of a Acrobat Ant Infestation
Infestations can occur on the inside or outside of a structure. It is important to look for telltale signs that acrobat ants have found their way to your residential or commercial structure.
The most detectable and obvious sign of an acrobat ant infestation is the presence of ant trails on wires, utility lines, and pipes coming into walls. Acrobat Ants will forage up to 100 feet away from their next for food and other resources, so you could find these ant trails along the foundation of your home or commercial building.
As these ants excavate their nests, they deposit dirt and wood scraps. These piles of debris are a common telltale sign of an acrobat ant infestation. If the structure has siding, then look for pieces of foam insulation, this could indicate an acrobat ant nest behind the siding.
Habits of Acrobat Ants
Like other ant species, Acrobat Ants produce winged males and females known as swarmers. These swarmers have been observed in nests or actively swarming from mid-June to late September, typically known as their breeding season. Once mated, the winged females disperse and become queens of their own colonies.
Acrobat ants typically feed on honeydew, a sugary waste excreted by aphids and mealybugs. They eat live and dead insects including termite swarmers. Once inside a home or building, acrobat ants are drawn to sweets and high-protein foods like meat.
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