Acrobat Ants

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Identification

  • Colour Brown or yellowish brown to black or reddish black
  • Size From 2 mm to 4 mm long; queens can be as long as 11 mm
  • Body Acrobat ants have a heart-shaped abdomen joined to the thorax by two node segments.

General Facts

Why do I have acrobat ants?

Acrobat ants nest and shelter in moist wood structures softened by decay, fungi, or wood-boring insects. This can mean they often invade wall cavities, wood galleries, baseboards, doors, and window frames, or in the yard, logs, firewood, and trees.

In your home, these ants target sweet foods, like fruit, and high-protein foods such as meat, while in the wild they prefer honeydew, mealybugs, and a variety of live and dead insects.

How worried should I be about acrobat ants?

Acrobat ants can exacerbate the existing structural damage left by other wood-boring species, and can also strip the insulation from electrical and telephone wires, which increases the risk of power shorts and outages. When threatened, they may bite.

Acrobat ant colonies build their nests in yards or in wall cavities, so it can be difficult to spot an infestation, even through a colony can have thousands of workers supporting it.

Removing any nests you see can begin to eliminate your acrobat ant problem, but to truly be sure all nests have been cleared and your acrobat ant infestation is eradicated, you need a professional pest control service.

How can I prevent acrobat ants invading?

Remove moist, decaying wood, Fix leaky pipes and moisture build-up, Check for wood-boring insect activity, Store all food in tight-sealed containers, Trim back trees and shrubbery, Seal all cracks around your home, Replace broken window or door screens.

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