ANT FAQS

How many ant species are found in the United Kingdom?

There are around 15,000 ant species and subspecies worldwide, with about 23 known species found in residential structures and buildings.

How many ants can I find in a colony?

Ant colonies can range in size from a dozen or so to many thousands.

How big can ants grow?

Ants vary in length and can be as big as 20mm, such as a Bulldog Ant. Refer to our Common Ants Species.

Can ants harm me?

Some ants, such as Fire Ants, give painful stings when their colony is disturbed.

What are the common signs of ants?

To learn about ant infestation signs, refer to our page on Common signs of ants.

What can I do to get rid of ants?

While a wide range of do-it-yourself products is available for ants, effective ant control often requires professional pest control. For further details of what can be done, refer to our page on how to get rid of ants.

What proactive steps can I take to keep ants away from my home or business premises?

Most ants come inside your home or business premises looking for food. They are attracted to sweet and sticky substances. Therefore, it is important to immediately clean up any food and liquid spillages and cover any food in storage areas. In addition, to prevent ants from entering your home, seal access points such as cracks and crevices in door and window frames. For further details, refer to our page on how to keep ants away.