Crickets are insects that belong to the Order Orthoptera and the Class Insecta. Crickets are an important part of the ecosystem, as they help in the decomposition of plant material. They are also an important food source for other animals such as small owls, spiders, birds, mice, shrews, snakes, frogs, raccoons, and possums. There are many species of crickets: house crickets, field crickets, ground crickets, cave crickets, mole crickets, camel crickets, snowy tree crickets, and mole crickets.
Crickets are raised and used as bait for fish and as food for some pets. The Chinese also use crickets in medicine. They are popularly used as a sport such as cockfighting. Crickets are also believed to bring luck. Raising crickets is very easy as they tend to eat anything. Providing a nutritious diet to crickets is very important as it helps in breeding. Another reason is that the nutrition from the cricket diet would pass to the pets, which are each of these crickets.
Crickets are omnivores and will feed on almost anything, usually organic materials, decomposing plants, grass, fruits, seedlings, fungi, and even meat. Crickets need a good diet, otherwise they tend to feed on each other. Cricket feeds are commercially available in the market in pet food stores. There are also specific brands of cricket feed. For some crickets, tropical fish make good food, although it would be expensive. Oat flakes with fresh fruits and vegetables are an ideal food for crickets. You can also give cornflakes, bread and digestive biscuits. Crickets also enjoy fruits like apples, bananas, and grapes, and vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, and cabbage. Layer hen puree is also a good cricket feed and is profitable for feeding a large number of crickets. Some food supplements like alfalfa, calcium supplements, and raw vegetable scraps can also be added for additional nutrition. Food can be placed in a shallow, open container that sits firmly on the ground. This container should be cleaned regularly to prevent mold growth.
Crickets also need a good supply of water. However, keep water away from food to keep it dry and fresh. Insert cotton swabs into the bowl of water to prevent the crickets from drowning. Raising crickets is very easy.