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Please be sure to read the product label of any insecticide you choose to use to get information on the personal protective safety gear you will need. In most situations, it is recommended that you wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, closed toe shoes with socks, chemical resistant gloves, and goggles. In areas where ventilation is poor, a manufacturer may recommend you wear a mask or a respirator. We have put together two different safety kits that will make selecting the correct safety gear easier for you.

What Do Acrobat Ants Look Like

By DoMyOwn staff

Acrobat Ant Identification & Biology
acrobat ant
Physical Appearance

  • Similar to Carpenter Ants but much smaller, about 1/8" in size
  • Heart-shaped abdomen raised above main body
  • Acrobat Ants vary in color from yellowish brown to dark brown, with the abdomen darker than the rest of the body
  • Workers are all the same size

Behavior & Habitat
Acrobat Ants got their name because of they way they sometimes hold their abdomens up in the air when running as if performing an acrobatic stunt. Acrobat Ants may nest outdoors in decaying logs, stumps, and hollow tree cavities, or indoors in within voids (including abandoned carpenter ant nest and termite galleries) and insulation.

Feeding Habits
Acrobat ants feed on a variety of foods including other ants, sweet foods (such as honeydew), and proteins.


Life Cycle
Acrobat Ants, like most ants, have a complex life cycle in which they develop from eggs, to white legless larvae, then to pupae before emerging as adults.

Acrobat ants are pests mainly by their presence in and around structures. If disturbed, it is possible that workers may become aggressive and sting or bite. Acrobat ants may also produce a foul odor, although this is rare. Structural damage caused by the acrobat ant is very minimal.

Prevention & Control
For more information on how to prevent and control acrobat ants, please see our acrobat ant control page.


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