Acrobat ants can be found across the United States invading homes and properties. These ants build nests in rotting wood and their colonies typically consist of a single queen and a large number of workers and soldiers. Acrobat Ants practice mutualism with aphids, tending these insects and subsisting on the honeydew that the aphids produce.
Acrobat Ant Habitat
When nesting outdoors acrobat ants prefer to live in trees, often taking over a single tree through large colonies that can spread to neighboring trees. When the opportunity presents itself, they will also eat dead insects. When acrobat ants infest dwellings they nest in rotting or damp wood or foam structures and feed on any sugary substances or protein that is left within reach.
Acrobat Ant Behavior – Threats – Dangers
Acrobat Ants are primarily an outdoor concern. Their presence, whether indoors or outdoors, indicates decaying wood. Additionally, their foraging behavior is a nuisance to homeowners. In comparison to other ant species, acrobat ants are nothing more than a slight nuisance. However, if their colony is disturbed, acrobat ants may sometimes bite.
Acrobat Ant Prevention
Acrobat Ants are best prevented by denying them housing. Repair any moisture problems you may have and replace damaged wood around your home. Clean out gutters and make sure downspouts are directed away from your home’s foundation. Decaying or damp wood and foam structures should be removed and cracks in the foundation should be sealed so that they cannot enter. Outside, dead and rotting trees, stumps, and other wooden structures should be eliminated to deter acrobat ants from building a nest.