Crickets hibernate at temperatures below 50 degrees. Allow 3 hours at room temperature for them to become active before assessing any losses. Additionally, each box contains approximately a 15% over-count to compensate for expected losses during transit.
Crickets should be immediately transferred to a suitable container. Sides should be at least 12 inches high and slick enough so that they cannot escape. No lid is necessary, and adequate ventilation must be provided. Plastic storage boxes (clear containers tend to be smoother than colored ones) and aquariums make great containers for storing crickets. Be sure to provide surface area for the crickets to climb and a dark place to hide. The egg crates used in the shipping containers work well as surface area and our cardboard cricket containers are a convenient way to capture and dispense crickets. Any dead crickets should be periodically removed and the container should be kept as clean and dry as possible. Use hot water and mild bleach to clean the container between uses. Some detergents and cleaners leave a residue that can kill crickets. Crickets do not require bedding, but our odor absorber can be added to the enclosure to keep smells to a minimum. Do not expose container to ants or insecticides.
Crickets can survive in temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees F. 65-75 degrees F is the ideal temperature range. Crickets will eat more and mature faster the warmer temperatures get. Avoid direct sunlight, cold, and high humidity.
See our specially formulated cricket food to order what we use at the farm. Crickets will eat any corn-based food source such as corn meal or cereal in an emergency, but it will not offer the full range of required nutrients and should only be used for short periods of time.
Water should be provided in an accessible dish or container. See our drinker and water crystals for a convenient way to provide hydration. Water crystals are ideal for smaller crickets that may drown in liquid water. Our drinker jar and base are the best option for crickets over 1/2″ size. You can combine both products by using the drinker with previously hydrated crystals in the based. The jar keeps the crystals fully hydrated and the crystals keep crickets from drowining in the liquid water. If the crystals get dirty, simply wash them off and reuse.
Superworms should be kept at 60-70 degrees. Refrigeration will kill them! Store them in a plastic container with 2 inches of worm chow or a worm chow cricket food mix for optimal nutrition. To hydrate your superworms, place slices of cut potato on top of bedding. Be sure to occasionally remove any sheddings from the container to keep your superworms as healthy as possible. If you keep lots of superworms for extended periods of time. Small thermoelectric wine fridges can be found for less than $75 and are a great way to keep your superworms at an optimal temperature.