How Do You Breed Crickets?

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Breeding crickets is a relatively simple process that takes about 20 days to complete. Items you need include water, a spray bottle, a cricket habitat, and access to pairs of both male and female crickets.

  1. Pair up the male and female crickets

    Take several male and female crickets and place them in your habitat. You should roughly pair up the crickets so there is one female cricket for every male cricket present. Ensure that your crickets are of the correct genders; otherwise the entire process is futile.

  2. Wait for the eggs to be deposited, then move the crickets

    Wait for about a week. After this time, you should be able to see some of the eggs that have been deposited into the soil from the female crickets. Sometimes these eggs show up in as few as four days, but waiting a full week gives all of the female crickets time to deposit their eggs into the soil. Move the crickets to their regular habitat.

  3. Water regularly

    Fill your spray bottle with water, and mist the soil regularly. The eggs are likely to die if they are allowed to dry out. It usually takes about 15 days for the eggs to hatch.