You have to inform about the ant species. Many ants are not friendly for beginners and are hard to keep. They can also cause damage to your home or the environment if they are invasive.
Inform yourself about the conditions: What kind of formicarium / nest does this species need? You may also need to heat your formicarium. We don't recommend buying ant farms.
What equipment do i need?
Short answer: It depends on the ant species. In general, most ant species are fine with a nest and a glass tank as an arena.Like with ants, you can buy quality equipment from shops or private sellers. You can also build the home for your ants yourself, you dont need to be a talented craftsman to do this.
Where to buy antsLuckily, there are plenty of options where you can buy ants since the ant keeping hobby is constantly growing!
Of course, you can search for ant species on many shops or visit the shops page directly. When buying from shops, you have a live arrival guarantee in the most cases. Best to look up shops reviews in the internet or ask in internet communities if they made good or bad experiences with a certain shop.
Have a look at ant communities (e.g. at forums, discord, facebook) and check, if anyone sells ants or ask them. Important: Be careful buying over the internet. Check, if the seller is trustworthy but at best, search for local offers. Then you can have a look at the ants if they are heatlhy and you prevent postage stress for the ants. Catch them yourself
When it's nuptial flight time, you may be lucky and catch mated ant queens yourself. Please inform yourself about endangered species and if it's allowed in your country.
Risks of buying ants onlineNote that trusthworthy, good sellers will prevent all these risks and you should not have to worry about any of these points!
- Some ants may die due the shipping stress: ask the seller not to ship at weekends, choose a fast shipping method
- Freeze to death: ask the seller for heatpacks if its too cold outside for the ants
- Parasites like mites: Good sellers check their ants before selling them
- Unmated queens: Sometimes, unmated ant queens are sold. They will not lay any eggs