Friday, February 26, 2010

Crickets Will Be the Death of Me (Part 2)

As some of you may remember, I am sick and tired of spending money on crickets to feed my obsession with reptiles and amphibians... I should be able to raise these little pesky things without so much trouble and I think I've finally hit the jackpot, cricket jackpot that is... If you are interested, and I'm sure millions of people are sitting on the edge of their seats for this information... read on!

Let the female crickets lay their eggs in a small container filled with moist peat moss. I like peat moss because it doesn't have insecticides or fertilizers that commercial soil has. Float an aquarium into a rubbermaid box of water. Use an aquarium heater to heat the water as hot as the heater will get, usually 92F.
Use a lamp to heat from above. Try to keep the temp. at 99F. I used a reptile thermostat to keep the temperature even. These can be purchased at your local pet store. Make sure the soil is moist at all times and wait 10 days. I had a bumper crop of crickets this way. The heat came from above and below and it worked great.

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