Whether you raise crickets to feed your pets or allow them to dominate your yard, you need to track their food sources to determine how to control them or get them to breed in your cage.
That’s why we took the time to outline what you need to know about their diet and even answer some other questions about them. Keep reading to get a better understanding of everything you need to know.
What Do Crickets Eat in the Wild?
Crickets are true omnivores, which means they will eat plants, protein, and seeds. In the wild, they eat insect larvae, aphids, flowers, seeds, fruit, vegetables, grass, and anything else that won’t eat them.
They’re not particularly picky, which means you can find them in the garden or in the woods — wherever they can find food, they can thrive.
What Do You Feed Ranch Crickets?
Unless you’re very interested in how crickets affect other ecosystems, chances are you don’t really care what crickets eat in the wild. You’re just trying to find a way to keep them alive long enough to feed your reptile.
While you can feed your crickets something as simple as fish food and keep them alive, it’s best to stomach them before feeding your pet. What the crickets eat will also affect your pet’s overall health.
Also, by keeping them alive, they will reproduce for you, and you will have an endless supply of crickets! Some of the best foods to fill your cricket stomach are potatoes, carrots, apples, alfalfa, wheat germ, and even prepackaged cricket food.
Lastly, remember that you need a full cage for the crickets to breed as they lay their eggs underground, which means a clear plastic box won’t help.
How Long Do Crickets Live?
The average cricket only lives 8 to 10 weeks, even when you provide all of their needs in captivity. The good news is that if you give them everything they need and have adequate housing, they will continue to lay eggs, and you will have an endless supply of crickets.
But this is a double edged sword. If you don’t get enough crickets, you’ll deplete your supply, but if you get too many, they’ll invade your cage faster than your pet can eat.
While we would like to recommend how much they should control, it all depends on what animal you are feeding and how much the animal can eat.
Keep in mind that each female cricket can lay up to 100 eggs in her lifetime, which means a dozen females can have up to 1,200 babies in just a few weeks.
Do Crickets Die in Winter?
Believe it or not, when the temperature drops, not a single cricket will chirp outside. That’s because they all die in the winter, and only the eggs they lay before winter brings them back in the spring!
If you keep crickets in captivity, you don’t have to worry about this. As long as you keep the temperature, there is no cold weather to wipe it off!
Whether you want to raise crickets or eliminate them as pests, it all starts with their diet. Fortunately for those who keep them, they are not picky eaters, but these quickly become a con if you try to get rid of them.
Hopefully, this guide gave you a better idea of what to expect and what they eat. This way, you are prepared for whatever they throw at you!
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