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Behavior – When excited or disturbed, the acrobat ant workers run
about with their abdomens held high above their heads. Like most ants,
acrobat ants establish well-defined trails between the nest and food and
water sources. They feed on a wide variety of foods, but the workers are
partial to the sweet honeydew produced by aphids, scales, and mealybugs
found feeding on many trees and plants. Fruit trees, roses, and many
shrubs serve as hosts for aphids and may contribute to ant infestations in
homes and other buildings. Most infestations inside are the result of
workers searching for food.
Tips for Control – Acrobat ants are controlled by finding and treating wood where the ant colonies are located. Often, the nest may be located far above the ground in a tree where it is inaccessible to direct treatment. In such cases, limiting interior invasion of ant trails is critical. Repairing water leaks and drying out moist wood inside will help prevent infestations of both acrobat and carpenter ants. Improving attic and crawl space ventilation is also important in limiting acrobat ant infestations.
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