tiny acrobat ants in a knoxville home

How To Identify Acrobat Ants

Acrobat ants earned their name due to the worker ants’ unique ability to hold their abdomen up over the rest of their body. Acrobat ants can also be identified by their heart-shaped abdomen that is darker than the rest of their body. Adults can range in length from 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch. They come in many colors. They can be yellow, brown, black or multi-colored in appearance.

Why Do I Have An Acrobat Ant Problem?

Acrobat ants generally nest outdoors but may enter into homes while seeking food. Acrobat ants feed on a variety of food which can include live or dead insects, honeydew (secretions from aphids and other insects), and most sweets and meats that are found in homes.

Acrobat ants come into homes through cracks in foundations, spaces around exterior windows and doors, and through utility lines that enter into homes. Once inside your home they may build a satellite nest inside of walls and insulation.

Are Acrobat Ants Dangerous?

Acrobat ants are mainly nuisance pests, they don’t cause damage to homes, aren’t known to transmit diseases to people and even though the workers have the ability to bite and give off a foul odor when alarmed it is rarely an issue for homeowners. However, food which acrobat ants contaminate while feeding will need to be thrown out.

How Do I Control Acrobat Ants?

Controlling acrobat ants in your home is difficult, all of the nesting areas and ants need to be found and eliminated, simply getting rid of the few ants you see around your kitchen will not get rid of your problem. The best way to get rid of acrobat ants is with the help of a professional pest control expert. At Russell’s Pest Control, we successfully get rid of acrobat ants through our ongoing pest control services and one-time treatment services. The type of service required is dependent on your home’s unique needs.

Acrobat Ant Prevention Tips

Preventing ants from choosing your property to nest on is an impossible task, but there are things that you can do to help deter them and make them want to choose somewhere else to invade. Acrobat ant prevention tips include:

  • Removing dead or decaying trees or limbs from your property along with piles of leaves from your yard.

  • Inspecting the exterior of your home and sealing any entry points. These entry points often include such places as gaps around windows and doors, cracks in the foundation or areas around utility entrances.

  • Keeping gutters are in working order so that they cannot clog up.

  • Fixing any leaks and/or correcting areas that are prone to moisture.

  • Fitting all garbage cans with tight fitting lids so that it doesn't provide a 24/7 buffet to hungry ants. 

  • Keeping trees, bushes or other landscaping that have the potential to be used as a bridge to the structure, trimmed back away so that they do not touch.

 

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