Acrobat AntsWhen identifying this ant species, the worker ants (most commonly the ants a homeowner would see) has a yellow and brown coloring and a shiny body.  The easiest way to identify this ant species is has a heart shaped abdomen (rear) that is pointed up so it appears that they are doing acrobatics, hence their name.  More specifically, the Acrobat Ant has the habit of elevating its heart shaped abdomen over the top of its head (front) when it becomes irritated.  They are on the smaller side approximately ¼” inch long. 

Similar to Carpenter Ants, Acrobat Ants prefer a food source of honeydew from Aphids.  They will also fees on proteins and sweats as well. 

When Acrobat Ants nest indoors, they can be typically found in structural wood that has high moisture content.  Areas such as sidings, roofing, exposed porches, door frame and window frames.  When nesting outdoors, areas that has high moisture, such as rotten trees or stumps, decking, fencing or old wood piles.  The key point is the areas of moisture.

Generally, Acrobat Ants have small sized colonies when compared to other ant species.  Their colony may contain 2,000 to 3,000 workers.  Around June through the month of November is when the winged male and female Acrobat Ants will start to emerge. 

Depending upon how large the nest is, the Acrobat Ant can leave behind a powdery frass that is excavated from the nesting galleries during nest construction.  Upon inspection, when determining nesting sites, the Acrobat Ant will make trails from exterior nesting sites (foraging locations) to the main nesting site.  Most commonly these nests can be found in decks and porches that have wood frame construction.  It is important to note that Acrobat Ants are not a wood destroying insect like Carpenter Ants.

What do I need to know about Acrobat Ants as a homeowner?

Although Acrobat Ants are not a wood destroying insect, if the workers are disturbed they can bite and have a stinger.  They can also let out a foul odor if they become alarmed.  And as with most ant species and pest problems in general, eliminating water sources and high moisture content will help great in controlling and eliminating Acrobat Ants.