What do Acrobat Ants look like?

At first glance, acrobats ants may look like other ants common to our region, but if you look closely these light brown to black ants actually have a heart-shaped abdomen. Their ability to raise their abdomen over their thorax (in layman’s terms the middle section of the ant) and head make them aptly named.

Having trouble with Acrobat Ants?

Are acrobat ants dangerous?


Although acrobat ants may bite if threatened or emit an unpleasant odor if disturbed, they are not considered dangerous to people. They may, however, cause trouble for property owners as they have been known to cause short circuits in electrical equipment and damage other property.

Why do I have an acrobat ant problem?

Acrobat ants are attracted to honeydew. Not honeydew melons but a substance that is secreted by aphids. They will also eat live and dead bugs and inside will seek out materials that taste sweet like the honeydew. Moisture is another draw to these nuisance ants and they will find a way inside homes by crossing tree limbs and even utility lines. Any gap, hole or opening large enough to allow entry are vulnerable areas.

How do you get rid of acrobat ants?

At Thomas Pest Services, we offer pest control services in Albany and throughout the Capital District and Adirondack regions that will take care of your acrobat ant problem. In fact, we offer several pest management programs that cover acrobat ant infestations; our customer service representatives can help you determine which plan works best for your home. Contact us today to find out how we can help you get rid of acrobat ants!

Acrobat Ant Prevention Tips

To prevent acrobat ants from entering your home or structure, you should:


  • Seal any openings on the exterior of the dwelling. This includes cracks in the foundation and openings around doors and windows.
  • Trim back tree branches and other landscaping elements that currently touch or overhang onto the structure.
  • Correct leaking pipes and appliances as well as drain water away from the foundation.
  • Store food properly and clean up crumbs and spills right away.
  • Clear gutters and downspouts of debris (Learn more about gutter protection systems).
  • Empty trash regularly and outside, store garbage in clean, tightly sealed containers and well away from the structure if possible.
  • Remove rotted wood including landscape timbers, fence posts, and tree stumps as well as clean up leaves.

At the first sign of a pest problem, contact Thomas Pest Services. Our 3rd generation pest control company services Albany, Clifton Park as well as the Capital District and the Adirondack region and can help you resolve your pest problem, no matter how severe. We also offer exclusion services that correct the conditions that attract these pests as well as other insects and rodents in the first place.

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