While it is true that an ant is not likely to climb on the sofa and cuddle with you, or answer when called by its 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 kind of insect to grow and create their own little civilization, unaware their comings and goings are on full sight of humans.
Most people keep insect farms as science project of sorts, be it for themselves or for their children and other young members of the family. One could argue that ants are hardly pets because they prefer to be left alone and will never develop a relationship of any sort with their owners, but then so do spiders and snakes and people are happy to keep them as pets!
To answer the question “Are ants considered pets” you need to look at the following: Do they live with humans on their homes? Do they need to be taken care of, feed and their habitat cleaned regularly to survive? The answer to both questions is clearly yes, which makes ants and ant farms a pet, if a slightly unconventional one.
Consider also the difference between wild ants, the ones people pay lots of money to eradicate from their properties, and ant farms. Ants living in insect farms are not considered a plague, but are taken care off and spoiled with nice food and perfect temperature and humidity conditions… Isn’t that exactly what you would do with a pet? The same person who would scream if they found an anthill on their garden will feel guilty if they think their pet ants aren’t getting enough food or water, and worry if they look sluggish. This is because they consider them pets, and not pests.
Taking care of an ant farm can teach children a lot about responsibility, and even help them become interested in biology and science. Looking at the ants go around their daily business and working together is not only fascinating, but 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.