General Info: These ants can raise their abdomen over their thorax (mid-section) and head when disturbed. There are several species of Acrobat Ants, even at altitudes up to 8,000 feet.
- Length: 1/16″ – 3/8″
- Region Found: Across the Country
- Residential Location: The workers often find a way inside homes by trailing along tree limbs and utility lines, and entering through cracks or holes around window frames, soffits, door thresholds, and other vulnerable spots. Once inside, acrobat ants typically nest in wall voids or wood that has been subjected to high moisture and fungal decay – the same conditions favored by carpenter ants.
- Random/Interesting Fact: Workers of many species emit a repulsive odor when alarmed, warning other workers of danger.
- Identification: Usually light brown-black, but sometimes multicolor. The abdomen is shaped like a heart (broadest towards midsection and sharply pointed at rear).