Your Cart

Delivery & Returns

** We ship worldwide **

EU Shipping Guidance

Please see our EU shipping page

Dispatch Times

Updated 06/01/2024

Due to high demand, on some occasions, it might take up to 7 working days to dispatch orders.

All byFormica products will continue to be dispatched as normal, generally the same or next working day, as well as other products that we do not have to physically make, like queens ants, heat cables, test tubes, tweezers etc.

We ship with Royal Mail and UPS for all domestic orders, and UPS and Royal Mail for international orders. For non-UK orders, with Royal Mail, the parcel may be given to the local delivery agent.  All delivery times are approximate and not guaranteed.

We only sell products we have in stock, but if for some reason there is a problem, we will try and contact you by phone or email. We try not to send alternatives unless authorised.  If we are unable to contact you, we may part ship your order.  Please let us know if you prefer to wait or refund the remaining items.

Live Ants

We ship live ants to the UK only.

We will not dispatch live ants on Fridays or Saturdays or in periods of extreme hot or cold weather. We don't want the queen/colony sitting in any extremes of temperature in a van or sorting office longer than needed. Delivery is by 'RM24 Tracked with Signature' post only, and please make sure that there will be someone around for delivery. The 'live arrival guarantee' is invalid if nobody is in to receive the ants and/or they are returned to the post or sorting office.

Delivery Times


All orders over £65, must use Royal Mail 24 Tracked with Signature or UPS. All orders including live ants must use Royal Mail 24 Tracked with Signature.

** NEW ** - Royal Mail 24 Tracked - Normally 1-2 working days.  Usually delivered 7 days a week. Tracked with email and SMS notifications.

** NEW ** - Royal Mail 48 Tracked - Normally 2-3 working days.  Usually delivered Mon - Sat. Tracked with email and SMS notifications.

UPS - Fully tracked with email and/or SMS notifications. Usually delivered Mon-Fri next working day. You can reroute en route to a UPS Drop shop.

Royal Mail 24 / 1st Class (Signature Required) - Normally 1-2 working days.  Usually delivered Mon-Sat. Requires a signature. Not tracked.

Royal Mail 24 / 1st Class - Normally 1-2 working days.  Usually delivered Mon-Sat. Not tracked.

Royal Mail 48 / 2nd Class - Normally 3-5 working days.  Usually delivered Mon-Sat. Not tracked.

All orders will be scanned by Royal Mail on delivery.

UK customers can specify a 'safe place' for their parcel to be left in the event that they are not in (e.g. with neighbour etc.). Please use the comments box when checking out. This can only be specified by us if a signature is not required.

Outside the UK

We always ship orders with 'Royal Mail International Tracked' or UPS. This means your order is tracked from here all the way to your door. In some cases, a signature might be required. We are currently migrating to UPS for international orders, so if you see a 'No delivery option available at checkout, please contact us and we will advise.

UPS - Normally delivered between 1 and 10 working days.

Royal Mail International Tracked -  Normally delivered between 3 and 20 working days.

Any taxes or duties due when the order arrives in your country are your responsibility, please check your local taxes and regulations. If a charge is applied, your government/customs might add a 'service/processing charge' as might/will UPS and Royal Mail.


Our returns policy is in accordance with the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 and forms part of our Terms and Conditions of Sale. If you have any specific queries regarding our returns policy please email

  • Only applies to personal customers. Does not apply to business customers
  • All returns must be authorised and use the full returns address provided
  • Carriage costs for returning the Goods is the customer's responsibility
  • The Goods remain the customers responsibility during transit and until signed for by us
  • All goods must be returned within 30 days the RMA date of issue
  • Items must be unused. They may be opened to check if they suit, but must be unused
  • All original packaging must be included
  • The item must be returned in a suitable condition whereby it can be resold

If you would like to return a product, please email us at