Acrobat Ants have a heart-shaped abdomen when viewed from above. They are 1/8 to ¼ inch long. They can be black, dark brown or red and black in color.
Like carpenter ants, acrobat ants prefer to nest in moist or rotted wood. Colonies are most often found in tree holes, dead limbs and rotting areas in fences, decks and railings. Indoors, nests may be located where water damage has occurred, in decayed or damp wood or inside insulation wall panels and wall voids. When disturbed, acrobat worker ants run with their abdomens held high over their heads.
Acrobat ants normally eat insects and a sugary waste excreted by sap-feeding insects called honeydew. If acrobat ants come into a home, they usually prefer sweets and meat.
Finding and treating wood where their colonies are located is the key to successful acrobat ant control. In cases where the nest is located far above the ground in a tree inaccessible to direct treatment, limiting the trails that lead to your interior is critical. Seal cracks and crevices in your foundation and walls, repair water leaks, let moist wood dry out, and improve attic and crawl space ventilation.