Which famous Florida residents are known to fly through the air with ease and walk across high wires? No, we are not talking about Nik Wallenda and company. These guys and gals are much shorter and have many more legs per individual. Give up? Okay we’ll tell you. As pest control pros in Fort Pierce, we were actually thinking of acrobat ants.
Currently found throughout South Florida, they were first noticed in America during the mid 1990s. At the time, their populations were nowhere near what they are today. Scientists were also unsure of the acrobats’ country of origin. So they labeled them as an exotic species. Of course that is no longer the case now that their population has grown.
Physically speaking, they tend to be 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length. You can visually tell them apart from other ants based on the shape of their bodies. They feature two nodes, a heart-shaped gaster, 11-segmented antennae, a sharp stinger and an uneven thorax. Because of their anatomy, the ants tend to be quite flexible. Hence, that’s why they were given the moniker acrobat.
Although they tend to nest outside in pine trees or wooden porches, it is not uncommon for them to enter South Floridian’s homes via high utility wires and low level plumbing. In those instances, the little acrobats are generally scouting for food or water. However, there have been occasions where they’ve decided to take up permanent residence inside of termite damaged wall voids and support beams. They’ve also been known to change nesting sites throughout the year. As such, finding and getting rid of the entire colony can be quite problematic for anyone other than pest control pros in Fort Pierce.
Like many other species of insects, their diets generally consist of sugar and protein heavy foods. Nonetheless, they will also eat other pests should the opportunity arise. Signs of an infestation generally include dead ants, frass and multiple foraging trails.
To learn more about acrobat ants and how our pest control services in Fort Pierce can put an end to their high wire act, please contact us at (866) 611-2847.
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