acrobat ants looking for food around denton home

Brief overview of acrobat ants

Acrobat ants are found throughout the United States, including North Texas. Named for their unique ability to hold their abdomen up above the rest of their body, this type of ant looks like it should be performing in the circus.

What do acrobat ants look like?

Acrobat ants range in color, they can be yellowish, brown, black, or even multi-colored. Their distinctive heart-shaped abdomen may be darker in color than the rest of their body. Another small ant, adults may reach 1/8th of an inch in length.

acrobat ant in flour
acrobat ants on a log outside a denton home
acrobat ants around a sugar cube

Where do acrobat ants nest?

Like many other types of ants, acrobat ants are likely to be nesting in trees, stumps, and under mulch or leaf piles. Inside, they are often discovered behind walls, inside insulation, and areas where moisture collects or there has been damage caused by water. These ants have no problem taking over nests of termites and carpenter ants, inside or out.

What do acrobat ants eat?

Outside acrobat ants feed on honeydew as well as live and dead insects.  In homes and businesses, they’ll consume proteins and sweets such as syrups and honey.  

Are acrobat ants dangerous?

Even though acrobat ants have a stinger, they rarely use it and the pain is usually short-lived. Acrobat ants, despite their ability to sting, are not considered dangerous to people, pets or structures.  They are a nuisance when they nest and forage inside. Also, acrobat ants have the ability to strip the insulation from electrical or telephone wires, causing short circuits to occur.

How do I get rid of acrobat ants?

If you live in Lewisville, Denton or elsewhere in North Texas, contact Adams Exterminating at the first sign of an ant infestation. Our team of pest control professionals is well-equipped to get rid of acrobat ants and other nuisance pests from your property. Learn more about our home pest control services or visit our commercial pest control page if ants are trying to take over your business.

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