Acrobat ants are an invasive species that is believed to have begun breeding in North America when young queen ants traveled in shipments of plants.
They are known for their reddish-orange color and the fact that they live in complex nests made out of leaves, sticks, mud, and tree sap. They can be seen in their nest during the daytime but will come out during the night to hunt. Acrobat ants are a very aggressive species that will fight against any insect or animal that poses a threat to their colony, including humans.
ACROBAT ANTS HABITAT
Acrobat ants can be found in tropical climates, but do not actually live there. They prefer to live in man made structures such as under roofs and patios. This species is an invasive species meaning they have been transferred from their native habitat and now inhabit areas that they did not originally evolve to live in. In some areas, this species has become an agricultural pest.
ACROBAT ANTS BEHAVIOR
Acrobat ants are diurnal which means they search for food during the day and sleep at night. Foragers will use their strong jaws to carry food back to the nest to feed offspring or even other adults within the colony . They can be seen in large groups of their peers while foraging for food.
Acrobat ants are omnivores, meaning they eat both meat and plant matter. They tend to primarily prey on small insects such as spiders or other types of ants . If acrobat ants live in an area with a water source, they will also use the water to help them hunt down prey.
If you do notice a large amount of acrobat ants in your home, it is usually a sign that you have a significant infestation on your hands . These insects become very dangerous when they nest near the home as there is the potential for them to cause damage or even structural harm. If left unmanaged, acrobat ants will continue to grow and breed, expanding the nest and increasing their range.
If you find any Acrobat Ants in your Charlotte County home, contact Bug Off Pest Charlotte immediately. We can help rid you of these garden pests and get your lawn or yard back to normal! As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about Acrobat Ants or any other pest. Call us today 941-676-2005