Prepare for the presence of Acrobat Ants, a prevalent pest in South Florida, as they have established themselves in the region over the past few decades. Recognizable by their lengthy legs and antennae, these ants boast a black, shiny body with distinctive red eyes. Acrobat Ants not only deliver painful bites to humans and pets but also serve as carriers of diseases that pose a risk to human health.
Thriving in humid, warm environments, They are commonly found in yards or gardens where sunlight and water abound. Their preferred spots include areas around trees or shrubs on lawns, and occasionally, they venture indoors, especially if conditions are conducive, such as a leaky faucet.
These ants typically avoid invading homes unless disturbances, like nearby construction, occur. Once inside, however, they exhibit a rapid spread through walls and ceilings, potentially causing damage or becoming a persistent nuisance if left unaddressed.
Diverging from traditional ant hierarchies, Acrobat Ants function as a unified organism without a centralized leader or queen. Characterized by small, brownish-black bodies, they often nest beneath stucco or wood siding, both outdoors and indoors. The name “Acrobat” arises from their unique habit of tiptoeing on the tips of their tarsi (feet).
Dietary Preferences and Nesting Habits
Omnivorous by nature, Acrobat Ants consume both plants and animals. While they favor sweet foods, their diet may also include meats and other protein sources. Identifying their nests can be challenging as they are typically concealed underground or within plants and trees. The ants’ black or brown coloring with orange markings on the abdomen may vary based on their diet and the plant materials they’ve recently consumed.