Appearance: Acrobat ants are black, dark brown, or reddish in color. They vary in length from approximately 1/8” to ¼ “. They were given the name, Acrobat ant, because they tend to raise their abdomens way above their heads when they are disrupted. They are also easily identified because their abdomens are shaped like a heart.
Location and Behavior Patterns: Acrobat ants like to nest in dead or rotting wood, especially wood that is moist. They can often be found in tree stumps, in dead tree limbs, or under piles of wood. They can move indoors through cracks in the foundation or along electrical or plumbing lines that run into a home. Once inside, they will create their nests near dampness, such as near a water leak or in nests that were previously created by termites or carpenter ants. They will also create long trails that may contain hundreds of ants, that run between their food source and their nest.
Treatment: Sometimes the nest of an Acrobat ant is difficult to reach, because they may have created the nest in rotting wood that is far from the ground. The main treatment for this type of ant is the prevention of them from entering your home, such as sealing any construction cracks and around wiring and pipes that enter your home, as well as repairing any type of water leak that you may have around your home. Because Acrobat ants need water, then limiting the amount of standing dampness in your home is the best treatment, along with regular inspection and treatment of easily located nests.
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