While it is true that an ant is not likely to climb on the couch and hug you, or respond when called by name, thanks to the invention of ant farms they can be considered pets. An ant farm allows you to create a perfect environment for this type of insect to grow and create its own little civilization, without knowing that its comings and goings are in full view of humans.
Most people maintain insect farms as a science project, either for themselves or for their children and other young family members. One could argue that ants are not pets because they prefer to be left alone and will never develop a relationship of any kind with their owners, but so do spiders and snakes, and people are happy to have them as pets!
To answer the question “Are ants considered pets,” you should look at the following: Do they live with humans in their homes? Do they need to be cared for, fed, and their habitat cleaned regularly to survive? The answer to both questions is clearly yes, which makes ants and ant farms a pet, albeit a bit unconventional.
Also consider the difference between wild ants, which people pay a lot to eradicate from their properties, and ant farms. Ants that live on insect farms are not considered a pest, but they are cared for and spoiled by good food and perfect conditions of temperature and humidity … Isn’t that exactly what you would do with a pet? The same person who would scream if they found an anthill in their garden will feel guilty if they think their pet ants are not getting enough food or water, and will worry if they look sluggish. This is because they consider them pets and not pests.
Caring for an ant farm can teach children a lot about responsibility and even help them become interested in biology and science. Watching ants do their daily chores and work together is not only fascinating, it shows the benefits of hard work and teamwork. While not exactly a traditional companion, ant farms are clearly pets and their owners would surely agree with this statement.