Acrobat Ant Identification Guide

What are acrobat ants?

Acrobat ants are small and have a segmented body and a distinctive heart-shaped abdomen. They are light-yellowish-brown to black, and their abdomen is usually darker in color than the rest of their body. Acrobat ants got their name from their ability to hold their abdomen up over the rest of their body when disturbed in a circus-like act. These ants also emit a foul odor when threatened.

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Are acrobat ants dangerous?

Acrobat ants are not a significant threat to people or property and categorized as nuisance pests. While acrobat ants are not dangerous, they do contaminate food and have the potential to strip insulation from around wires causing short-circuits or even fires. Also, acrobat ants like to place their nest near water leaks, so if you have and infestation, it could indicate a possible moisture problem in or around your home that needs to be addressed and repaired.

Why do I have an acrobat ant problem?

Acrobat ants are a common species of ant that lives across the country, invading homes and businesses. They are attracted to properties that offer them easy access to food and shelter sources. Things like garbage cans, compost, pet food, and gardens attract acrobat ants. These ants place their nests in damp areas both outside and inside buildings.

Where will I find acrobat ants?

Outside, acrobat ants place their nests in tree hollows, in stumps, and fallen trees, under woodpiles, or mulch. Their nests are often close to homes and businesses, allowing them to easily find their way inside through spaces in the foundation, spaces around utilities, and gaps around windows and doors. Inside, they place their nests in damp areas or areas that have previously been damaged by water, usually behind walls inside insulation. These ants also like to nest in spaces that were previously occupied by termites or carpenter ants.

How do I get rid of acrobat ants?

Acquiring help from a professional pest control expert is the best way to eliminate acrobat ants and keep them from returning. At Albemarle Termite & Pest Control, our technicians are highly trained and dedicated to providing safe and effective pest control services that are affordable. We are a local, family-owned pest control company whose number one priority is putting our customers first and exceeding expectations. For home or business owners looking to eliminate pests from their property once and for all, call Albemarle Termite & Pest Control today!

How can I prevent acrobat ants in the future?

Pests are not just a nuisance; they pose potential health risks and are capable of damaging property.

  • Avoid problems with acrobat ants with the help of the following prevention tips.
  • Remove dead trees, limbs, and tree stumps from your yard.
  • Store your firewood up off the ground and away from the sides of your house.
  • Fix leaky pipes, faucets, and fixtures.
  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are in good working order and directing water from the outside of your home.
  • Seal off spaces around wires and other utilities entering into your home.
  • Keep basements dry by running dehumidifiers.
  • Ventilate crawl spaces.
  • Seal up cracks in the foundation.
  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors.
 

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