There are around 15,000 ant species and subspecies world wide, with 40 established in New Zealand so far. Ants are found throughout all New Zealand regions. Refer to our Common Ant Species page for details of familiar species in New Zealand.
Ant colonies can range in size from a dozen or so to many thousands.
Ants in New Zealand don't generally pose a risk from bites or stings, such as the Fire Ant overseas, they are known more for their swarming characteristics that can contaminate food.
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, many times effective ant control requires professional pest control. 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 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.