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Ants

Body Color: The color of the worker ant can vary from light brown or dark brown.
Acrobat AntAcrobat ants get their name from their unique habit of sometimes running while holding their abdomen above their thorax when disturbed. This gives them the appearance of an acrobat who walks on his or her hands. These ants do not build large, above ground mounds. Instead, you are more likely to find them nesting in dead tree limbs, hollow logs, fallen trees, old tree stumps or even the hollow cavity of a tree. Around a home or business, acrobat ant colonies can be found in any organic litter or mulch and beneath stacks of firewood, under stepping stones, landscape timbers, bird baths, etc. They are often found in shrubs or ornamentals, feeding on insects and the honeydew produced by aphids. Worker ants will enter a home or other structure by crawling along electrical and phone lines. They also access homes from shrubs or trees which are too close or touching the building or by simply crawling up the outside walls to enter around windows, doors, cracks, crevices or through vents. When viewed from above, this ant’s abdomen is shaped like a heart. When viewed from the side, the pedicel attaches to the upper part of the abdomen. In most ant species, the pedicel is attached on the lower part of the abdomen. Each antenna has 12 segments and a 3 segmented club. All workers are of the same size. Once indoors, they will feed on a variety of sweets and proteins but will rarely take ant baits.

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