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Cricket Infestation

Discussion in 'Invertebrates General' started by AmityReptiles, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. AmityReptiles

    AmityReptiles Well Established Member

    Hello all,
    So I had converted my sav enclosure to bioactive, introducing springtails, isopods, and kind of intentionally introduced darkling beetles. And they have taken over, which is great! But my feeder crickets have somehow started a colony in there as well, which is a little concerning. I'm also seeing the same crickets pop up around the house which is irritating.
    I always watch to make sure she eats them when I feed crickets, but some females must have gotten away long enough to lay eggs. So I have alot of small-medium crickets in the enclosure... atleast 50. Which I only feed large adult crickets so these have to be offspring. And I'm not sure, but I think they're eating my Springtails, because I haven't seen very many of them recently.

    Put simply, is there an easy way to get them out? Will they die off eventually if I switch to just other feeders?
     
  2. Jacob Eddy

    Jacob Eddy Active Member

    I don't think converting to other feeders will be very effective. you can try moving the sav for a short period of time, and trying to use pet safe insecticides.mJust make sure its pet safe first, and after using it, let the enclosure air out. Good Luck
     
  3. AmityReptiles

    AmityReptiles Well Established Member

    That would basically mean destroying my bioactive setup and replacing the "I don't even remember how many" bags of soil and sand. I would like to avoid that if possible.
     
  4. Jacob Eddy

    Jacob Eddy Active Member

    Oh I forgot you had a bioactive setup
     
  5. AmityReptiles

    AmityReptiles Well Established Member

    For those that may encounter this same problem here is an update: I switched from feeding live crickets in the enclosure to dead ones, and after about 2 weeks my Monitor had hunted down a good number of the live ones that had infested. Now the numbers have died down to a small few, and they have seemed to join the cleanup crew in my enclosure.
     
  6. Daniel Knarr

    Daniel Knarr New Member

    Crickets can cause damage and a lot of inconveniences if they enter our home. The most effective and preferred ways of eradicating crickets in homes are the use of poisons or baits. Also, many bug sprays are available. Use them carefully. If cricket infestation gets too out of hand or you are just too lazy to do any cricket hunting, then call in the pest control in Elk Grove CA pros to do the job for you.
     

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