Acrobat Ants

Acrobat Ant Identification & Prevention

What Are Acrobat Ants?

Acrobat ants are a nuisance species of ant that lives throughout the Dallas, Texas area. Most of this species range in color from light yellowish-brown to black, but some are multi-colored. Their most distinctive characteristic is not physical, however, but behavioral. Acrobat ants have the unique ability to hold their heart-shaped abdomens up over the rest of their bodies. This acrobatic display occurs when the individual or nest is disturbed. These ants are known for is emitting a foul-smelling odor when threatened.

Are acrobat ants dangerous?

Even though they can bite people, acrobat ants are not considered a significant threat. They are, however, a nuisance to have living around or inside your home your commercial property. Acrobat ants contaminate food and can strip insulation from around wires, causing short-circuits.

Why do I have an acrobat ant problem?

Acrobat ants are attracted to areas of moisture and are often found nesting outside in the damp soil near the foundation of buildings. While foraging for food or shelter, these ants often find their way inside houses. Utility lines, tree branches, and shrubs provide easy access to your home's exterior. Once there, they quickly find entry points in the foundation, in spaces around windows and doors, and in holes along the roofline.

Where will I find acrobat ants?

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How can I prevent acrobat ants in the future?

Keep acrobat ants out of your Dallas Metro area home or business with the help of the following prevention tips:

  • Trim trees, bushes, and shrubs back from the exterior walls and the roofline of your home or business.
  • Reduce humidity levels by using a dehumidifier and adequately ventilate crawlspaces.
  • Remove dead trees, stumps, and other debris from your yard.
  • Fix areas of water damage in and around your property by fixing leaky faucets, fixtures, and pipes.
  • Inspect your property's exterior walls and roofline, and repair any openings that could act as entry points.
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