There are around 15,000 ant species and subspecies worldwide, with just over 1000 known in South Africa so far. Ants are found in all regions of South African and in all terrestrial habitats. Refer to our Common Ant Species page for details of familiar species in South Africa.
Ant colonies can range in size from a dozen or so to many thousands.
Ants can vary from 1.5mm to 15mm length. Refer to our Common Ants Species.
Some ants - such as fire ants - can give painful stings, while the garden ant has swarming characteristics that can contaminate food. Unlike bees, ants can sting multiple times.
To learn about ant infestation signs, refer to our page on common signs of ants.
While a wide range of do-it-yourself products are available for ants, often effective ant control requires a professional pest control operator. For further details of what can be done, refer to our page on how to get rid of ants.
Most ants come inside your home or business looking for food. They are attracted to sweet and sticky substances. It is important to clean up any food and liquid spillages immediately and to 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 preventing ants entering your home or premise.