Acrobat Ant Identification

What are acrobat ants?

Like other household ants, Acrobat ants live outside but often find their way inside while out foraging. If you were to see an acrobat ant out and about just casually wandering around, it would look like your typical, small, generic ant; but, if you take a closer look, you can see some unique characteristics that help identify acrobat ants. 

  • These ants received their name because when disturbed, acrobat ants raise their hind end over their head in a circus-like display.

  • When disturbed, they emit an unpleasant odor.

  • When observed from above, acrobat ants have an abdomen that is heart-like in shape.

acrobat ant on plant

Are acrobat ants dangerous?

Acrobat ants are more of a nuisance than they are dangerous. However, they can contaminate surfaces in your home with the bacteria they carry on their bodies. Also, if acrobat ants find a way into your home, so will other pests that pose more of a danger to your family and your home’s structure. 

Why do I have an acrobat ant problem?

Acrobat ants have become a problem in your yard or home because it's providing them with sources of food, shelter, and moisture. Ants and other pests won’t hesitate to take advantage of the basic needs that people and our properties provide. 

Things like open trash cans, compost, outdoor eating areas, and pet food attract acrobat ants to your property and provide them with foraging sites. Fallen trees, log piles, or decaying trees on your property will entice acrobat ants to make your yard into their permanent home.

Where will I find acrobat ants?

While acrobat ants typically live outside, they often find their way into our homes and other structures. They like to travel over wires or cables, or through small cracks they discover in the foundation to gain entry into our homes. Acrobat ants have high moisture needs; inside your home, they gravitate to areas with moisture problems caused by leaky pipes or poor ventilation. They will create nests inside of insulation, water-damaged structural wood, and woodwork. Having acrobat ants in your home is often an indicator that there are leaks inside your home you need to find and repair. 

How do I get rid of acrobat ants?

To remove acrobat ants from your property, it is best to partner with a local pest professional. At Capitol Pest, we have the experience necessary to identify and treat the ants on your property. Since 1936 we have been committed to using the latest technology and most effective products to guard residential and commercial properties from acrobat ants and other pests. 

At Capitol Pest, we get pests out and keep them out of Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia homes and businesses through comprehensive treatments and prevention measures. For more information about working together to solve your property’s ant problems, contact us today!

How can I prevent acrobat ants in the future?

For homeowners looking to keep acrobat ants out of their Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Northern Virginia yards and homes, partner with the experienced professionals at Capitol Pest. With the help of our year-round, affordable pest control plans and the following prevention tips, your home will become and stay free of acrobat ants!

  • Cut shrubs and tree limbs back away from your home’s exterior to prevent acrobat ants from using the branches as a bridge to your house.

  • Caulk openings around pipes, cables, and other utilities that lead into your home.

  • Inspect vents and place covers on them to keep ants out.

  • Make sure screens in open windows and doors are tight-fitting and have no tears or holes.

  • Repair openings in your home’s foundation, exterior walls, and roofline.

  • Do not stack woodpiles next to the exterior of your house.


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