Are your crickets dying right when you get them? This was a huge problem for me, but luckily, I went through all that nonsense so you wouldn’t have to. Listen closely, because I am going to share with you a few tricks and tips on how to keep crickets alive longer and healthier. This will save you a lot of money and a lot of time. And if you really want to save a lot of money, learn how to breed crickets yourself at home.
The number one reason for cricket death is poor ventilation. Ventilation is what keeps air flow going in and out of the enclosure. It also helps keep humidity levels down. Too much humidity will kill your crickets and create bacteria build up. Most cricket keepers are decent with ventilation, but none are big enough for the amount of crickets I keep. I like to keep around 1,000 – 2,000 at a time. If you are like me, you probably keep them in something like a Rubbermaid container. That’s okay, but you need to add ventilation. Within 10 minutes, you can have a well ventilated lid setup. All you need to do is cut a big hole out from the lid and add some screen to it using duck tape or non-toxic glue. This will bump up your cricket life-span by a whole lot.
If you are keeping a lot of crickets, you need to make sure you have the room for them. Many crickets will suffocate and be trampled on if they are smothered in confined space. Cannibalism can occur as well because some may not be able to make their way to the food area.
You need to make sure there is enough food available for the crickets to eat. If all the food is gone, they will start turning towards one another for food and start eating one another (cannibalism). A good cricket diet should be available daily.
Hydration and Water (Drowning)
How are you keeping your crickets hydrated? If you are using a water dish, that is probably the reason for a few cricket deaths. Crickets tend to jump in water dishes and drown. Some good sources of water and hydration are water crystals and vegetables. You can feed fruit too, but if you are feeding them to any frogs or reptiles, stick to the vegetables (they are healthier).
Keeping Cricket Keeper Clean
Poor sanitation will surely kill your crickets. Keeping an enclosure clean will help keep your cricket colony live longer. If you see dead crickets, remove them. Dead crickets will definitely kill other crickets. Plus, it’s probably the reason your colony of crickets smells so bad. If you get rid of the dead crickets, you end the bad smell. Also, if you are feeding your crickets any fresh vegetables or fruits, it must be removed the following day. This will just attract mites and fruit flies.
If you live somewhere cold, you need to get a heat lamp for the crickets. Cold weather will kill them. Crickets need an environment that stays between 75 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tips on Keeping Crickets
- Learn how to care for crickets properly.
- Buy in bulk. Pet stores rip you off at $0.10 a piece. I buy 1,000 for about $25 which comes out to be $.03 a piece. Not bad huh?
- Don’t slack. Clean the cricket keeper between every batch of crickets.
- Add variety. Have you tried roaches? I hate roaches but I deal with them anyways because they don’t smell, don’t make noise, live longer, easier to breed, and are more nutritional for reptiles and frogs. Dubia roaches and discoid roaches are good for starters.
If you have any other tips or information on how to keep crickets alive longer, feel free to share.
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