Acrobatic Ants are another type of ant you might see invading your Charlotte home. They have the greatest range in size of the ant species. The workers can range from 1/16th of an inch to double that and can be brown to black in colorations.
The Acrobatic Ant gets their moniker from its reaction to danger or surprise. When alarmed, it raises its abdomen (the rear most section of the body) over its head and thorax as a reaction to a threat.
Outdoors, Acrobatic Ants tend to live where wood-destroying insects, like termites or carpenter ants, have abandoned nests. Inside your home they tend to nest in areas with moist or damaged wood, like attics or crawl spaces.
These ants tend to feed on honeydew sap and other common insects found in the Carolinas. Like most species, they may come into homes in the Charlotte area looking for food (although prefer sweets).
Like other ants in the Carolinas, they mate in swarms in the warmer summer months.