Behavior, Diet & Habits
Outdoors, acrobat ants nest near moisture such as under stones, in stumps, in rotting logs and under woodpiles. When they invade homes, acrobat ants often nest in damp areas such as in foam sheathing behind siding and nest in roofing near leaking areas.
Acrobat ants normally eat insects and honeydew. Acrobat ants protect the sap-feeding insect known as ‘aphids’ that produce honeydew. If acrobat ants come into a home, they usually prefer sweets and meat.
The acrobat ant workers enter homes in several ways. Sometimes they make a trail across the ground. Door thresholds and construction gaps are common entryways. Workers can also follow tree limbs or shrubs that touch the house. They have even made their trails on utility lines. The ants can enter the home through the same opening that pipes or wires go through.
Acrobat ants often nest in wood that termites or carpenter ants have damaged. It is common for acrobat ants to clean out tunnels created by other insects. It is not uncommon to mistake the debris they’ve push out of the tunnels as an indication that there is a termite problem.
For that reason it is important to hire reputable, trained professionals that can properly identify the pest and properly treat it without over charging you.
Signs of an Acrobat Ant Infestation
Acrobat ants are capable of nesting inside buildings, sometimes inside insulated spaces. The most visible sign of acrobat ants are the trails of ants as they forage for resources. A second sign is the debris they deposit as they excavate their nests. This often consists of foam insulation and dead ants near the nest.
Exterminating and preventing acrobat ant infestations begins with a thorough inspection.
Sometimes there is evidence to show where they are nesting. If there are bits of foam on the ground near the foundation, it could be an indication that acrobat ants are nesting behind the siding. Ants that are moving in a trail can lead you to their nest and food supply.
Often it is necessary to correct a moisture problem before it is possible to effectively eliminate acrobat ants.
It may be necessary to trim shrubs or tree limbs to stop acrobat ants from invading. Check attic vents and repair any damaged screens. Caulk openings around pipes and utility lines. Please note, electric wires should be handled by an electrician or the utility company. Move firewood piles away from the home. It may even be necessary to remove a tree stump that ants have used as a nesting site.
Because the nest can be difficult to locate, it is usually preferable to let a pest control professional treat an acrobat ant infestation.
PEST CONTROLAnts live in colonies so where there is one, there are many more hiding.
If you find any ant or other pests in your home or office, we will find the source and fix the problem.
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