How to Breed Crickets

How to Breed Crickets
How to Breed Crickets, photo by jon_a_ross

Supplies Needed

  1. 2 Rubbermaid Containers (1 for adult crickets and 1 for baby crickets when they hatch)
  2. Clear Packaging Tape (to not allow baby crickets to climb container)
  3. 1 Small Plastic Container for Eggs
  4. Egg Crate
  5. Food Dish with Cricket Diet
  6. Water Dish with Water Crystals
  7. Heat (Heat lamp, heat tape, etc…)
  8. Small Plastic Container
  9. Water Bottle
  10. Potting Soil (100% Pesticide Free)

Cricket Care

Follow the directions on how to care for crickets here on this cricket care article. You are going to want to keep the environment the same as you would just carrying for them. You do not need to change temperatures, layout, or anything. All you will be doing different will be placing a plastic container of moist potting soil into the enclosure. That is the only difference. Once pinhead crickets hatch out from their egg stage, they will need to be housed in a separate enclosure away from the adult crickets.

Pinhead Cricket Care

Pinheads are what we call baby crickets. Once pinheads start to hatch from the egg container, you are going to want to place the container into a different enclosure, so they can hatch out into that enclosure. The Rubbermaid bin you will be using has slick sides, but not slick enough for the baby crickets to stay inside. They will climb the side walls on occasion, so it’s best to make the walls even slicker. You can do this by applying clear packing tape along the side of the walls in the enclosure. Just make one line going around the entire container near the top, you do not need to make every single wall filled with tape. One line of clear packaging tape will be suffice.

How to Tell the Gender of Your Crickets

Male Crickets

Male crickets are the crickets that chirp all night long and are the smaller sized ones.

Female Crickets

Female crickets are the bigger sized crickets with the black needle looking thing sticking out of their abdomens. This is called the ovipositor. The ovipositor is what lays the eggs into the soil. Do not be afraid to touch it, it bends and is quite soft. It will not prick you.

Breeding Crickets

Crickets breed on their own. You do not need to change much in their environment, just make sure they are kept warm. Everything will happen on its own. Have in mind, cricket colonies do better in temperatures ranging from 85 – 95 °F. The warmer, the more active they will be. In order to get cricket eggs, you will need to do the following:

  1. Grab a cup of potting soil and mist it lightly with a spray bottle to get it damp. Do not soak the soil. Too much water will drown the eggs and baby crickets when they start hatching.
  2. Add the soil into a small plastic container (do not pack the soil together, make it loose) and place the container into the cricket enclosure. Make sure to place it where the female crickets can get access to it.
  3. Within the hour, you will have female crickets all over it, laying their eggs into the soil. Female crickets can lay up to 10 eggs a day (100 in their entire lifespan). The reason why we use plastic containers is to check for eggs on the sides. They are easily visible and are whitish in color.
  4. After about 2 – 3 days, take the container out of the enclosure, mist it very lightly, put a lid on it, and place it somewhere warm to incubate.

How to Incubate Cricket Eggs

After 2 – 3 days of having your egg container in the cricket enclosure, you will want to take the container out or the male crickets will start to eat the eggs. When you take the egg container out of the enclosure, mist the soil lightly once more and put a lid on the container very securely. Then place the container somewhere warm. Usually garages work best, but if it’s cold where you live, you might have to think outside of the box like putting the container on top of a cable box, computer, or etc. Anywhere warm is fine.


In about 7 – 16 days, you will start to have ant-sized pinhead crickets all over the top of the container. Once you see a few baby crickets hatching from the top of the lid, you can place the container into the separate container you have ready for them and remove the lid. They will usually all come out within the next day or two. Make sure you have food and water crystals available for the pinhead crickets. Also, make sure you have a way for them to get out of the container. Toothpicks and paper towel rolls work pretty good.


If you have any better ways on how to breed crickets, comment below.

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  1. The only thing i do different is instead of potting soil, i get a handful of tissue paper, put it under the tap then squeeze it to get rid of excess water, and make it like a tissue paper snowball, place it in the cricket enclosure and just keep checking it for tiny holes, when its full of holes take it out and replace it with a fresh ball.put the ball full of holes in another enclosure, keep it warm and they’ll hatch soon enough.

    • That’s a very interesting way of harvesting eggs. I never thought about doing it that way. It seems like a cleaner method too. I might try that.

    • Hey Anokha,
      They are a very light color. But they are soo small, they look like ants. Their color is practically a gray/white.

  2. I have been doing so much research and I actually have the breeding started a few days now. I have a question though( I’m nervous I will do it wrong) about the eggs. When its time to incubate them is it OK it I dump the soil from my egg laying container into something. I want to put it in another container but I don’t know if I will disturb or kill them. So do you suggest leave them or is it cool if I’m careful about it??

    • Hey Rachel,
      It’s fine to move them as long as you are careful. Make sure to place them in the new container the same way you found them with the side facing up still facing up.

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