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Cricket Care

  • Storage temperatures of 65 to 85 degrees. Huddled crickets are too cold. Dead, black or wet looking crickets are to hot.
  • Store crickets in an aquarium, cricket hotel or condo, or other holding box with egg flats for crawlspace and darkness.
  • Holding boxes should be cleaned with water only, in-between cricket orders.
  • Always have fresh water. this can be done with a watering setup. For 1 -2 week old crickets, use a moist sponge.
  • You can purchase our feed or feed can be unmedicated chicken feed or dry oatmeal.
  • Keep insecticides, pest strips and cleaning products away from your crickets. When crickets are dead on their backs, they have been poisoned by some external force.

    Special Winter Care / Handling

  • DO NOT OPEN CRICKET BOX. Warm crickets in the box overnight near a heat source. (heater vent, etc.) This will allow the crickets to recover from hibernation. After this process, you may empty the crickets into your normal holding box.

    Superworm Care

  • Storage temperature of 70 - 85 degrees. If worms come to the top they are too warm.
  • Cup Maintenance - replace bran or oatmeal every 2 weeks, use cucumbers for moisture
  • Bulk Maintenance - Store in sweater box, with bran or oatmeal, use cucumbers for moisture.
  • Keep insecticides, pest strips and cleaning products away from your superworms.

    Mealworm Care

  • Store at temperatures between 45- 55 degrees.
  • Cup Storage - Keep in Bran, a thumb sized piece of vegetable(sliced) may be added
  • Bulk Storage - Store in sweater box with bran, cornmeal or oatmeal and add firm vegetables(sliced).
  • Keep insecticides, pest strips and cleaning products away from your mealworms.

    Silkworm Care

  • Open dish silkworms arrived in and dump worms into a large plastic container.
  • Keep temps around 75 to 85
  • Prepare Silkworm Chow and grate a small amount of chow (approx. 1/4 inch) on top of all the worms using a cheese grater .(or use fresh mulberry leaves if you prefer).
  • Place lid on large plastic container to prevent chow from drying out prematurely while worms feed.
  • After feeding for several hours remove lid to allow old chow to thoroughly dry out before each new feeding (this will prevent mold).
  • Feed chow in strips or chunks as the worms grow larger.
  • Feed more often for faster growth, or less for slower growth.
  • Feed everyday until worms reach the desired size.

    Green Giant Care

  • When your Hornworms arrive (leave the lid on) and if the worms are under an inch long then orient the cup so it is laying on it's side. Once they grow larger and become established you should orient the cup so the food is at the top and the lid is facing down on a table. (Be sure and prop up edge of lid about 1/4 inch for air flow.) The worms will grip the mesh and feed upward towards the food. If they don't - then go back to rasing the worms with the cup on it's side.
  • The worms can remain in the cup until they run out of food (or outgrow it). As the worms grow larger, you will need to discard their frass (waste) by gently opening the lid and allowing the frass to drop into the trash.
  • Try to keep the temperature between 70 and 85 degrees during their entire life if you want them to grow quickly. (Temperatures above 90 degrees can be fatal.) Once they reach about an inch long, they grow astonishingly fast. They can grow from 1 inch to between 3 and 4 inches in 4 to 7 days (if kept warm).
  • There should be enough food in the cup to raise at least 10 worms to full size. If however you run short on food, they may become cannibalistic. Larger worms can eat bell pepper or you can purchase additional Hornworm food