If you own a lizard, frog, tarantula or any other cricket-eating critter, you may spend a lot of your time driving to the pet store to purchase a fresh supply of food. Crickets, just like every other living thing, need food, water and shelter to survive. If you can supply these inexpensive necessities, you can build your very own cricket farm and eliminate the weekly trip to the pet store. You can find all the needed items in a hardware store or grocery store.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 30-gallon plastic storage bin
- Hot glue gun
- 5 fine metal screens (6 by 6 inches)
- Packaging tape
- Egg cartons
- Dry cat food
Cut a window on all four sides and the lid of the plastic storage bin, using a knife or other cutting utensil. Each window should be just under 6 inches square, so that you can cover it with one of the screens.
Glue the fine metal screens to the outside of the bin to cover the windows, using a hot glue gun.
Make a border along the windows on the inside of the bin with the packaging tape. This keeps the crickets from escaping or getting stuck in spaces where the screens were glued on.
Glue 6 or more empty egg cartons together in stacks. Place the stacks upright inside the bin. This gives the crickets something to climb up and into. It's imperative to place the stacks upright so any dead crickets don't get stuck in the egg pockets, where they will decompose. In an upright stack, the dead ones fall directly to the floor of the bin, where you can easily clean them up.
Feed the crickets dry cat food. You can place the cat food in a shallow dish to allow easy cleanup. You may also place pieces of potato and a damp sponge in the bin as a water source.
Tips and warnings
- For optimal cricket growth and health, the temperature should be between 21.1 and 26.6 degrees C.
- Keep the bin dry and clean, removing dead crickets every 3 days.
- Don't place a water dish in the bin as the crickets can easily drown.
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