Acrobat Ants Pest Control in the Milwaukee Area
|Size||2.5 to 4mm|
|Body||Heart-shaped abdomen when viewed from above|
|Color||Light brown to black|
|Wings||Yes – Swarmers or reproductives|
- Rotting or decaying wood
- Often inhabit termite or carpenter any galleries
- Inside they live in wall voids around windows and doors or within insulation
- Prefers to feed on honeydew produced by aphids, but will eat a variety of foods
- Workers hold abdomens high above their heads when excited or disturbed
- Feeds on a variety of foods, but prefers the sweet honeydew produced by aphids and mealybugs.
- When excited or disturbed, workers will run around with their abdomens held high above their heads.
- Rose bushes, fruit trees and any shrub that attracts aphids may contribute to an acrobat ant infestation.
Common in Wisconsin, Acrobat Ants get their name from an odd habit of holding their abdomens above the rest of their body which makes them look like gymnasts. They often build nests in decaying wood and have a mutual relationship with aphids.
Acrobat Ant Habitat
Outside, Acrobat Ants prefer to live in rotting or decaying wood and are often found in trees. They can take over a single tree or large colonies may spread to multiple trees. Additionally, they are often found building nests in abandoned Carpenter Ant or Termite galleries.
When nesting inside, Acrobat Ants will seek out damp or rotting wood. They are often found in wall voids around doors, windows, and inside insulation. They can enter the home through cracks or gaps in the foundation, window and door frames, or cracks around piping and electrical lines.
Acrobat Ant Behaviors and Dangers
Acrobat Ants are primarily a concern outdoors. They have a mutual relationship with Aphids, meaning they tend to Aphids and then feed on the sugary honeydew the Aphids produce. Additionally, they feed on other sugary substances, proteins, and other dead insects. The presence of Acrobat Ants indicates a moisture problem and rotting or decaying wood.
The most unique behavior of Acrobat Ants is their ability to hold their abdomens above the rest of their bodies. This behavior is done when they are feeling threatened or excited and makes them look like gymnasts, thus their name. Generally harmless, these ants can bite if their colony is disturbed.
What to do if you think you have an Acrobat Ant infestation
Call The Bug Man and Queen Bee. Our friendly office staff will give you an estimate over the phone and get you scheduled as soon as possible, sometimes the next day! On the day of your appointment our experts will come to your home and do a full inspection, both inside and out, to determine where the Acrobat Ants are the biggest issue and eliminate the problem using a combination of techniques designed to rid you of the infestation and prevent another from occurring. As a local and family-owned business, we take great pride in meeting, and exceeding, our customers’ expectations. Call or email today for your free estimate!