When you're dealing with voracious geckos, dragons, or in some cases, humans, finding bulk crickets online will be your saving grace.
Our House Crickets are soft bodied, and wingless, making them easy to digest for all of your beloved bearded dragons, leopard geckos, and other critter-munching pets. And without the wings, you can store them in your home without worrying about chirping noises.
Watch this video on how to unpack and store your live feeder crickets:
We have millions of crickets for sale. We are fully stocked, and can fulfill orders as little as 250, or as many as 100,000.
And whether you're looking for pinhead crickets, or full 1" adults, we've got every size available.
Our crickets are of the Acheta domesticus variety, but are colloquially known as the "house cricket." And whether you order these crickets to feed one of your beloved pets, or to try and raise your own, here are a few pointers you'll want to keep in mind:
- Keep your crickets in a tall, plastic storage bin. If you're breeding crickets, then space is important. So consider a 14 gallon bin, for a colony of 500-1000. But if you're just trying to store them as feeder crickets, then a 5 gallon bucket will be fine for.
- Your cricket enclosure will require air flow. So whether you're using a 5 gallon bucket, or another type of plastic container, avoid using a lid. You can line the lip of the container with a piece of clear plastic. Or, you can place a screen over the enclosure.
- If breeding, use vermiculite as a bedding material.
- The best temperatures is 80 degrees F for an active colony of bulk crickets.
- Crickets need a lot of water. So be sure to provide a dish of water that is shallow enough that it won't drown them. An alternative is to use soft, juicy fruits like oranges or watermelon. The fruits will also provide them with a natural source of nutrition, which can benefit your beloved pet.
- They will also need some type of wheat or grain. Grainy bread is excellent. Or you can offer them corn meal, bran, and other type of ground feed from a feed store.
- And never provide them with calcium supplements. A lot of other cricket vendors try to pass off calcium supplements as a beneficial dietary supplement for the crickets. But really, those supplements might as well be snake oil. Fresh fruit and vegetables will give the crickets all the nutrition they need to be healthy feeders for your beloved pet.
There are many other factors that need to be considered for your cricket colony. And whether you're trying to breed them, or keep them healthy for your lovable pet, feel free to reach out to us for any questions: email@example.com
Cricket Ages & Sizes
We offer a variety of ages and sizes. And although the options may be overwhelming, it's vital to know which size is best for your pet. And the rule of thumb is the size of your crickets should be equal to the distance between your pets' eyes:
And if you're trying to grow your own cricket colony, age will always be a consideration. So here's how each cricket size coorelates with their age:
- Pinhead - 1-2 days old. They are about the size of an ant, and are a very soft bodied for baby dragons, geckos, and poison dart frogs.
- 1/8" - About 5 days old. Very soft bodies for young reptiles and amphibians.
- 1/4" - 7 days old. Still soft bodied.
- 3/8" - 10-12 days old. This is when the crickets begin to reach sexual maturity. They will begin breeding and laying eggs at this age.
- 1/2" - 3 weeks old. They are considered "medium" by most vendors.
- 5/8" - 3 1/2 weeks old. These are the most popular size.
- 3/4" - 4 weeks old.
- Adult - 5 weeks old. At this age, the crickets' exoskeleton becomes pretty coarse and hard to digest. These sizes aren't typically used as feeders for pets. They are better suited as fish bait.
How To Breed Your Own Crickets
Breeding crickets can be fun, easy, and very very exciting. And yes, if everyone started breeding their own crickets, we'd probably go out of business. But none the less, if you want to breed your own crickets, we want to make sure all the information is available for a successful colony. Because whether you buy from us, or grow your own, what's important is making sure your beloved pets are getting the nutrition they need. So here's a step by step guide on how to start breeding your own crickets:
- Container - The first move is to have 2 plastic tubs about the size of a recycling bin. 1 tub will be enough for 500 crickets to breed. The purpose for having 2 is because you'll be rotating crickets. So make sure you have 2 tubs to start.
- These tubs come with lids. And you'll probably want to grab the lids when you purchase the tubs. However, do not use the lids. It is critical that crickets get adequate air flow. This helps prevent odors, and a stressful living environment. Crickets won't breed in stressful environments. So instead of using a lid, you can line the top of the tub with a screen from a home improvement store.
- Bedding -
We know you want your crickets, red worms, or mealworms NOW, and we would prefer to get them to you NOW too. But until teleportation gets invented outside of science fiction, we're going to have to commit to these shipping sanctions:
Cricket Shipping Generals
- All crickets are shipped with USPS Priority Mail, which will arrive in about 2-3 days.
- Orders are only shipped Monday - Friday, to avoid weekend transit delays.
- Nature didn't prepare crickets for the postal service. So upon receiving your crickets, it is important to promptly introduce them into their new home, and offer them some apple or potato slices. This will help hydrate and nourish them.
- We can ship with FedEx, but it may incur additional fees. Please contact us for these accommodations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Worm Shipping Generals
- All red worms (red wigglers and euro nightcrawlers), are shipped with USPS Priority Mail, which will arrive in about 2-3 business days.
- Red Worms orders are only shipped on Mondays and Wednesdays, to ensure live delivery.
- Red worms are packaged in peat moss. This will dehydrate the red worms, which will make them appear scrawny and lethargic after the transit. So promptly give them some water after you receive them.
- Same with the crickets, we can ship with FedEx or UPS, but it may incur additional fees. Please contact us for these accomodations at email@example.com.
Mealworm Shipping Generals
- All mealworms are shipped with USPS Priority Mail, which will arrive in about 2-3 business days.
- Mealworm orders are only shipped on Mondays through Fridays to ensure live delivery.
- Mealworms are packaged in bran. The bran acts as a food source for the mealworms. However, upon arrival, the mealworms will be dehydrated. So it is important to offer them some potato or apple slices when they arrive.
- Same with the crickets and red worms, we can ship the mealworms with FedEx or UPS, but it may incur additional fees. Please contact us for these accomodations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Crickets, mealworms, and red worms are pretty hearty. But even they have limitations. So, to ensure that they get to you alive, we perform our due dilligence and keep a close eye on the weather. If our location, your location, or the transit route is experiencing temperatures below 25 degrees F or above 95 degrees F, we will postpone your cricket, red worms, or mealworms shipment until further notice.
- If you are in desperate need for the crickets, and need them shipped regardless, we will honor your request, but the LIVE Delivery Guarantee is no longer in affect.