Perfect nutrition for your pet reptiles and free range poultry, live treats for wild birds, and fishing bait. Common Name: House Cricket Scientific Name: Acheta domesticus
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- In the winter, the insects, crickets in particular, may feel cold to the touch and seem lethargic or even appear to be dead. Allow them to warm up slowly. Avoid putting them in a hot room or directly under a heat lamp as rapid temperature changes can be harmful. Crickets will usually recover if given time to acclimate (sometimes it will take a few hours), even if they appear dead on arrival.
- When insects are first received, they will probably have some degree of stress from shipping. Open all shipping boxes and remove the insects immediately upon arrival. In extreme winter temperatures, your shipment may arrive with heat packs. These help to keep the insects at a safe temperature during transit, but can cause overheating if packages are left closed up after delivery.
- Cut a hole in one side of the box and shake crickets into a bin. Cover bin with screen as they require lots of air. Keep the cricket container out of direct sunlight and drafts.
- Keep crickets at temperatures of 70°F-80°F.
- Crickets require high quality food and adequate water in their diets. Lack of proper food and water will lead to losses and also cause crickets to prey on their cage mates. Place cricket chow or mashed up dry dog food in the bottom of the plastic bin. Cricket quencher or quartered potato are needed for moisture. Provide fresh cricket food for the crickets at all times. Never put a bowl of water in the cricket container, the crickets will drown. Instead use cricket cubes or other cricket safe products that provide both food and moisture.
- Do not combine different sizes of crickets. The larger crickets will prey on the smaller crickets.
- Crickets have a fairly short lifespan. The larger the cricket, the older it is. Below are general lifespans for crickets by size: Over 3/4 Inch: 3 weeks. Smaller than 1/2 Inch: 4+ weeks depending on proper care.