Summary: The Acrobat ant is not as cool as it sounds. In fact, the Acrobat ant is much more annoying than cool. This amazing article will tell you how to identify, locate, and eliminate them for good.
The Amazing Acrobat ant! Sounds like something P.T. Barnum would promote. While the notion may initially sound intriguing, I assure you this is one act you don't want to see. This is not the flea circus, Charlie!
One of the reasons why Acrobat ants wouldn't really make for great entertainment is due to the fact that when disturbed they give off a repulsive odor. Unfortunately, they only do their acrobatic tricks when they are disturbed. I don't care if it is the Greatest Show on Earth. If your olfactory senses are assaulted, you are not likely to enjoy the show. So, allow me to introduce you to, the NOT so Amazing acrobat ant, and hopefully, if these performers ever cross your way, you may reference this article as a blueprint to run these critters out of town.
Acrobat ants look pretty snazzy. When viewed from above, their abdomen is heart- shaped. It's their abdomen they raise in the air over their head when trying to intimidate other insects. That's how they got their name. They appear to be doing an acrobatic trick and somehow that frightens some insects. Maybe other insects are afraid of clowns. (Yikes! The circus is in town!)
Outside the home, you will usually find Acrobat ants in an assortment of dead and decaying wood. Firewood seems to be one of their preferred homes. In all cases, the wood they occupy will be dead. The acrobat ant never inhabits a healthy or live piece of wood, which is why they like some of the woodworkings around your house. They have a nasty habit of creating cavities in wood, especially if that wood is moist. They will even nest in foam insulation board if conditions are right. One way to identify their intrusion into your wood is to look for sawdust or other frass materials around suspected nest areas.
Remember when you were young and your parents would yell at you for leaving the door open. Sometimes a fly or a bee would enter. Well, ants don't really wait for such an occasion, and usually they don't go in through the front or back doors. In order to prevent an ant infestation it is always best to seal any cracks, or possible entry points. Another good strategy is to store woodpiles away from your house or garage. (There is a whole article on this site explaining the importance of this). These are just some of the many non-chemical ways to fight the Acrobat Ant.
***image1***If its chemical firepower you crave, I can give you some guidance there, as well. If the non-chemical methods are not working and you cannot locate the nest, you can always use Delta Dust. Dusts typically work slowly, but they have lasting power. Apply the dust to crevices and cracks where the ant forages and hopefully the ants will walk across the treated spots.
Another less toxic way to get rid of Acrobat ants this by using ant baits. Advance Ant Bait is rather effective. This bait will help reduce the number of worker ants, which will then disrupt egg production, ultimately eliminating the colony. Don't be stingy with the bait placements. Give the ants lots to eat and plenty of locations to find the bait. Be sure not to contaminate bait with other liquid or dust insecticides.
When trying to control Acrobat ants or any ants for that matter, location and destruction of the nest is always paramount. Instead of squashing the little devils to smithereens when you see them, follow them as they walk around and eventually they will lead you to their nest. Like in the movies, you always keep your enemy alive long enough to get vital information. If you're lucky, a live ant will tell you where it lives. A dead will lead you nowhere at all. Knowing that this ant likes moist, damp wood and insulation, you will be able to figure out from where they are originating. Happy hunting!
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