Acrobat Ants

ACROBAT ANTS | INFORMATION, IDENTIFICATION, AND EXTERMINATION

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DESCRIPTION

Ant problems and acrobat ant extermination can be very difficult at times. They are able to increase their population size and lay eggs very quickly. A few ants here and there can quickly become a major issue if not treated right away.

Acrobat Ants are similar to carpenter ants but are much smaller in size – most measuring less than 6mm in length. They nest in old carpenter ant colonies, termite colonies, in voids and in insulation.

You will be able to notice these ants because of their heart-shaped bottoms and the headstand-like acrobatic move that they might do when they feel threatened – raising their butts up above their heads in an attempt to scare off potential threats.

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SIGNS OF ACROBAT ANT INFESTATION

The most visible signs of an acrobat ant infestation are the trails of ants as they go out foraging for food and other resources. You can also see the debris they leave behind as they make their nests. Look out for bits of foam insulation, wood, and dead ants around the base of the nest. This is the best way to find where they are calling home.

More on base-building in the next paragraph.

BEHAVIOR, DIET, AND DAY-TO-DAY ACTIVITY

When invading homes, acrobat ants often stay in damp areas like foam layers behind the siding. They have also been found nesting in the roofing near a leaky skylight. If you feel you have a risk of any of these damp areas, you should check before it is too late. Dealing with a few ants is much easier than the alternative.

Issues with these pests can get out of hand before you even know you have a problem. Stay alert, and identify the infestation quickly.

Acrobat ants often nest in the aftermath termite or carpenter ant damaged the wood. They can clean out the spaces that the other insects have left in the wood and make a home there. One of the telltale signs of acrobat ants is the debris that they have cleaned out of these spaces. Don’t confuse this with termite damage! If you live in Staten Island, have a Staten Island exterminator come and assess the damage you are seeing. Trained eyes can tell the difference quickly.

ENTERING THE HOME

The acrobat ant worker ants enter residential homes in many ways. You will sometimes be able to see their trail along the ground. Door gaps, window gaps, and construction gaps in the foundation of the home are common places for them to enter.

Workers can also crawl along tree limbs and bushes that come in contact with the property. They can also enter through wire holes in the home. On the same note, they can crawl along wires and utility lines, entering the home at the same places these wires do.

PREVENTION

Now that we know something about how acrobat ants enter the home and why, let’s talk about some preventative measures you can take to make sure they are not able to enter your home.

  • Trim shrubs or tree limbs that are touching the home
  • Check vents in the attic
  • Repair any damaged screens
  • Re-caulk openings around pipes and utility lines where they enter the home
    • If you are not trained, get in touch with an electrician for this kind of work. 
  • Move firewood piles away from the home
  • Check stumps around property for nesting and remove if infested
  • Repair any leaky skylights or windows, the damp insulation is a perfect home for these pests
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  • Clean out gutters and make sure any spouts are directed away from the foundation to prevent moisture
  • Use sealed containers to store food
  • Seal the foundation if any cracks exist
  • When using insecticide materials, you should get in touch and seek advice from a local pest management specialist. They can give you information and advice on the techniques that will prove most successful.

STATEN ISLAND LOCAL EXTERMINATORS CAN HELP WITH ANTS

When DIY ant control is not enough, call a professional.

Exterminators are there to help when you need additional assistance with your pest control. Staten Island can be a tough place to have a bug problem. We can help with a fast, permanent solution.

If you live in the New York City or New Jersey areas and need help with an ant problem, get in touch with Annihilator eX-Termination. We can take care of the existing ant extermination as needed and reseal the perimeter against future pest attacks for good.

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