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June 10, 2013

Acrobat Ants

By Tucker Hogarth

Acrobat Ants are small, shiny black ants with a heart-shaped abdomen. These ants got their name because when they are excited, they point their abdomen in the air like an acrobat. Acrobat Ants are wood destroyers but do not eat the wood, just live in it. Acrobat Ants tend to infest old carpenter ant nests and blue foam board. This leads to customers finding blue sawdust-like frass. Homeowners often confuse an acrobat ant issue with a termite infestation, as they often nest in the wood that has already been damaged by termites or carpenter ants. They then push out the wood and debris. These ants prefer to nest in moist areas such as under rocks, in stones, in woodpiles or rotting stumps.

Acrobat Ants are typically found in the kitchen. Whenever ants are found in the kitchen they should be saved for identification by a professional. You can also crush them; if they smell like coconut, they are not Acrobat Ants, but Odorous House Ants. Some ants are only active during certain times of the day, so it’s important to keep that in mind as well.

Prevention Tips

  • Customers should never try to spray or treat for ants themselves. This can only cause more issues and make it more difficult to eradicate the issue by a professional
  • Properly sanitize counters and keep food stored until we can get there
  • If you think you have an infestation, we advise keeping  a sample of any ants that are found to be identified and properly treated for

Signs of an infestation can include a trail of ants as they leave the nest to forage for food, or the debris they push out of the nest. If you are seeing bits of foam and wood by the foundation of your home, it may be that the ants are nesting behind the siding. It’s important to consult a professional pest control company to have an acrobat ant issue taken care of.

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