HOW TO CARE FOR CRICKETS:
Crickets don't jump very high, they climb. Only full adult crickets sing (make noise). Crickets will eat just about anything (and survive).
Contain them in a large plastic tub/terrarium or a cricket home. A plastic tub (20 x17x15 inch), 56 Qt. or 20 Gal in size, (can also buy cricket housing, just make sure it is large enough), do not need a lid, as they need much air, they will not jump and can't climb on slick plastic or glass. Line the bottom with brown paper or paper towels, stack paper tubes around (like center of a paper towels), or built with cardboard cones, the best is use large flat egg cartons (stack them up like a condo, and they can hide in them).
Ideal temperature is 70 to 75 degrees, low humidity (keep them dry), no direct sunlight or cold drafts. Heat pads can be use but don't put directly under the plastic, heat lamps and bedding material are not recommended, crickets likes darkness and lots of ventilation.
Refresh every 2 days with food and water. Give them real cricket food. Cricket Food is available in 1 LB or 4 LB bags. We feed the same food to our crickets.
Our cricket food is not available anywhere else, it is our special blend of the best natural grains, a mixture with vitamins and proteins, our crickets loves it, it is a very fine easy to eat so there is no waste as they eat them up, it is NOT chicken food, it is made for crickets.
Best to give them real water. Use a shallow water tray, put pebbles or make a bridge using something with traction for them to climb in and out of and not drown. Baby crickets younger then 2 week old cannot drink water gel, use a fine/clean sponge without any deep holes in the shallow tray. Vegetables are a good water source. If you put vegetables and fruits like carrots, just make sure you change it often.
The cleaner they are the healthier they are. Keep them dry and warm. Remove any dead crickets, shed skins, and waste material. Dead crickets will affect the live ones. Wash the container out with hot water and completely dry the container regularly. Keep away pesticides and cleaning solution other than a mild bleach solution. (Do not use any kind of soap or chemical.)
Transfer crickets for feeding your pet:
They climb on everything except for plastic and glass (smooth surface). To help transport them for feeding, use wooden stick or paper tube or egg crate and just shake them off into your pet's tank.
Caution (when feeding your reptiles):
If you're feeding larger size crickets to your reptile, only give enough crickets to your pet per day; don't leave crickets running around inside your habited. Make sure all the crickets have eaten by the end of the day before your pet goes to sleep.
If too many left in your habit, take the crickets out. The reason is- larger 2 week crickets has little saw like. They can scratch the skin off your reptile when they are sleeping.