Acrobat Ants

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What do acrobat ants look like?

acrobat ant on a leaf outside a new jersey home

When it comes to identifying acrobat ants, it’s helpful to know how they derived their name. This type of ant has the unique ability to hold its entire abdomen up over the rest of its body in an impressive acrobatic display. Most species of acrobat ants range in color from light yellow-brown to black; some are multi-colored.

Queens of the colony are the largest members and grow to be about 3/8th of an inch in length; adult workers grow to be about 1/8th of an inch in length. Acrobat ants have a heart-shaped abdomen, and may emit a foul-smelling odor when they feel threatened or are disturbed.

Are acrobat ants dangerous?

Though acrobat ants can bite people and animals if handled or threatened, they are not considered dangerous. More of a nuisance pest, acrobat ants contaminate food and may strip the insulation from wires in homes and businesses-resulting in short circuits.

Why do I have an acrobat ant problem?

Acrobat ants generally live outside under rocks and logs, in dead trees, and in woodpiles as well as other dark, damp places. Inside, they nest in areas that have high moisture, entering through gaps in doors and windows or openings around utility entrances. Acrobat ants, like many other pests, use utility lines, fences, and tree limbs as highways that lead right to residential dwellings and commercial facilities.

How do I control acrobat ants?

To control acrobat ants, you must eliminate the ants inside your structure and prevent more from coming in. This is best accomplished when you team up with a pest control company. For acrobat ant control in New Jersey, contact Arrow Pest Control. Our professional will inspect your property to identify the pest pressure(s), the scope of the problem and then treat accordingly. Offering residential pest control programs that target Acrobat ants and other common house-infesting bugs, Arrow also offers commercial pest services for ants and other pests common to commercial facilities.

How do I prevent acrobat ants?

  • Trim trees and shrubs away from outside walls and roofline.
  • Remove dead trees, limbs, and stumps from your yard.
  • Store firewood up off the ground and away from the exterior walls of your house.
  • Inspect your home for signs of water damage, and fix leaky pipes, faucets, and fixtures.
  • Reduce moisture in your home by running de-humidifiers.
  • Seal cracks and crevices in your foundation, caulk gaps around windows and doors, and install door sweeps on all exterior doors.

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Service consists of the elimination of your current pest or rodent problem, complemented by both interior and exterior year-round protection of your home, which is inclusive of three seasonal visits. The program covers your entire property including attics, mailboxes, playsets, sheds, and fences.

Pests targeted with Arrow’s Home Protection Plan services include ants (excluding carpenter ants, pharaoh ants and acrobatic), bees, boxelder bugs, carpenter bees, carpet beetles, centipedes, cicada killers, clover mites, crickets, digger bees, earwigs, fabric & paper pests, fleas (inside only), ground beetles, hornets, mice, pillbugs, millipedes, rats, roaches, silverfish, sowbugs, spiders, springtails, stored product pests, and wasps.

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