Especially when disturbed, acrobat ants get their name from their ability to acrobatically raise their abdomen over their thorax and head. Acrobat ants are mistakenly believed to be nothing more than a slight nuisance when compared to other ant species. Acrobat ants may sometimes bite if their colony is disturbed but it is their classification as wood-destroying insects that should cause the most alarm. Even at altitudes of up to 8,000 feet, there are various species of this light brown to black ant found throughout the United States. Today, we at A-Tex Pest Management would like to elaborate on acrobat ants.
Acrobat Ant Identification
Averaging from light brown to black in color, acrobat ants are fairly small, measuring an average of approximately 1/8” in length. With a segmented body, acrobat ants, when looked down upon, the shape of their abdomen resembles a heart. Their antennae are 11-segment with a 3-segmented club and these ants possess a stinger.
Acrobat Ant Infestation Signs
Seeing them on the utility lines and pipes coming into walls as the actual ant trails on wires is the most obvious sign of an acrobat ant infestation. You might spot them trailing along the foundation in search of food as the acrobat ants will occasionally forage up to 100 feet away from their nest for resources. Serving as another telltale sign of an infestation, debris such as dirt and wood scraps that acrobat ants deposit as they excavate their nests as well. Potentially indicating an acrobat ant nest behind the siding if the home has siding, look for pieces of foam insulation. Acrobat ants, carpenter ants and other wood-nesting pests like termites could be attracted to moisture damage around the structure of the home, so you should inspect it quickly. Around window frames and along with soffits, keep an eye out for peeling paint, mold or fungal growth, or deteriorating wood. Acrobat ants are considered wood-destroying insects because of their wood-boring habits. If you find acrobat ants in your home, it’s a good indication of a wood structure problem.
How to Prevent Acrobat Ant Infestations
To prevent acrobat ants, there are many techniques that can be used. As described above, it is important to keep a close eye on the exterior of the home for visible signs of an acrobat ant infestation first and foremost. Seal all possible entry points with a silicone-based caulk, paying close attention to cracks around windows, doors, pipes, and utility lines as well. With properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks, you can eliminate sources of standing water and divert water away from the home’s foundation. To prevent acrobat ants from gaining entry into the home, keep tree branches and shrubbery trimmed away from the house. From the house at least 20 feet away and five inches off the ground, store firewood finally. Also, to prevent moisture buildup, consider using a dehumidifier inside. Store all food, including pet food, in sealed plastic or glass containers. Developing an acrobat ant prevention plan with additional tactics is better to partner with a licensed pest control professional.
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If you suspect acrobat ants in your Texas home, call A-Tex Pest Management and let our certified experts eliminate them and better protect your home. We have premium products and advanced equipment to ensure effective results. Contact us sooner than later to prevent extreme infestation.