What is a Little Black Ant?
Acrobat ants get their common name from their ability to acrobatically raise their abdomen over their
thorax and head, however, if their colony is disturbed, acrobat ants may sometimes bite. There are
various species of this light brown to black ant found throughout the United States.
Dark brown to black; typically jet-black
Pedicel, or ant waist, is two-segmented; Profile is unevenly rounded; thorax lacks spines
Found throughout the United States, especially in the eastern region, in the southern half of California, and the San Francisco Bay area
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What Do Acrobat Ants Look Like?
Acrobat ants are light brown to black in color. They are relatively small, their abdomen is the shape
which resembles a heart. These ants possess a stinger.
Signs of an Infestation
The most obvious sign of an acrobat ant infestation is the presence of actual ant trails on wires,
utility lines and pipes coming into walls. Acrobat ants will occasionally forage up to 100 feet away
from their nest for resources, so you might spot them trailing along the foundation in search of food.
Additionally, debris such as dirt and wood scraps that acrobat ants deposit as they excavate their
nests can serve as another telltale sign of an infestation. If the home has siding, look for pieces of
foam insulation, which could indicate an acrobat ant nest behind the siding.
Homeowners should also check for moisture damage around the structure of the home, which could
attract acrobat ants, carpenter ants and other wood-nesting pests like termites. We are happy to
inspect your crawlspace for peeling paint, mold or fungal growth, or deteriorating wood along soffits
and around window frames.
Acrobat Ants Prevention
There are many techniques that can be used to prevent acrobat ants. First and foremost, it’s
important to keep a close eye on the exterior of the home for visible signs of an acrobat ant
infestation as described above. PMi provides quarterly service that keeps an eye on areas for
Keep all food, including pet food, stored in sealed plastic or glass containers.
How to Get Rid of Acrobat Ants
If you suspect an acrobat ant infestation in your home, contact PMi to conduct an interior and
exterior inspection and work with you to develop an acrobat ant treatment plan. We may inquire
about past water leaks, plumbing problems, etc., which could indicate an acrobat ant infestation. In
the yard, we will likely check logs, stumps, firewood, tree cavities and loose bark for ant nests. Once
the ant species is properly identified, the appropriate control measures can be taken.
Outside, most species of acrobat ants nest under rocks or in logs, firewood and trees where wood
decay allows them to create tunnels. They also build their nests in abandoned cavities carved out by
other insects such as termites and carpenter ants.