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1500 Crickets 3/8" Three Eights

SKU 1500E
List Price $24.99
Your Price $19.99
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Winter Protection (+$3.00)

 

Description

Our Premium Disease Free, Pest Free, Live Crickets. You choose the size!

  • Many cricket farmers have tried but few have succeeded in producing a cricket that is as healthy and hearty as ours.  We cut no corners when it comes to raising our crickets. If you ordered from other sources in the past, you will appreciate the pristine quality cricket and professional package that gets delivered to you.
  • Buy in bulk for an even better value.

How long can I keep my crickets alive?

  • The life span of a cricket is 8 to 10 weeks.  Your goal should be to order enough crickets to last you for around 1 month.
  • Try ordering more smaller crickets and let them grow into larger ones.  You'll find that your trip to Pet Smart to buy 12 cent each crickets will be over!
  • All of the products that you need to feed your cricket for that month can be found in our Kricket Complete Kit.  Getting creative with apples and oranges only leads to a smelly cricket container.

 

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Shipping

Shipping Policy

We ship Monday-Thursday via FedEx from our Mississippi location. We will not ship 2nd Day Air on Thursdays under any circumstance.

Live insects tend to die in a warehouse if they sit over the weekend. All guaranteed shipments will be released to shipping only if the package can avoid the weekend wait.

If your shipment is damaged in transit, DO NOT REFUSE THE SHIPMENT! Please accept the shipment and call us to make other arrangements. If you ship your package back to us, we will incur an additional charge from FedEx and YOUR GUARANTEE WILL BE VOID WE WILL NOT REPLACE OR REFUND YOUR ORDER

Shipping chart to determine if your order will ship if placed before 2:00P.M. EST
Live Insects Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Friday
FedEx Ground/ Home Delivery Yes Yes Yes Yes* No
FedEx 2nd Day Air Yes Yes Yes No No
FedEx Standard and Priority Overnight Yes Yes Yes Yes No
 
Dry Goods (No Live Products) Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Friday
FedEx Ground/ Home Delivery Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FedEx 2nd Day Air Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FedEx Standard and Priority Overnight Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

* Only for Home Delivery orders that can arrive at a residential home by Saturday. No Businesses on Thursday for Ground or 2nd Day Air.

Cut-off time for same day shipping is 2:00P.M. Eastern Standard Time.

• Contact us within 24 hours of your shipment delivery for DOA.

• We only guarantee shipments of 500 quantity or more.

• Live arrival guarantee is voided if the shipment doesn’t meet the requirements for temperatures and shipping method:

  • 29◦F and lower no guarantee
  • 30◦F-50◦F Overnight with weather protection
  •  51◦F-80◦F Ground/ Home Delivery/ 2nd Day Air
  •  81◦F-90◦F Overnight
  •  91◦F and higher no guarantee

• For all reshipments there is a $4.95 reshipment fee.

• Never refuse a shipment this results in no replacement shipment and an another shipping fee paid by you. 

• We do not ship to P.O. Boxes.

• Incorrect addresses will result in a $16.00 fee.

• Shipping to an apartment someone must be home. FedEx will not leave package.

• Your shipment can be shipped to an approved FedEx Hub however your shipment must be sent overnight.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for more detailed information.

Cricket Care Sheet

Cricket Care Sheet

Now that you bought your crickets from Premium Crickets, how do you keep them alive?  You should plan to keep your crickets for around 1 month to get the maximum benefit from your purchase.  Here are a few tips, questions, and answers that will make feeding your reptile with Premium Crickets a breeze.

Where should I keep my crickets?

Crickets have some characteristics of people – their like their own space.  That means you can’t keep them in the shipping box that we provide as their permanent house.

I recommend to people to go to Wal-Mart, Target, or Home Depot and purchase a plastic storage tote (see pictured):

 
You can poke holes in the top for ventilation.  The top really is not necessary until the crickets start growing wings – which is just after they reach ¾”.  If you get a container that is at least 2 feet high then no top is necessary.  Deeper the better

Choose a clear plastic container – clearer the better.  We found the clear containers are slipperier and the crickets cannot climb out.

Open your box of crickets INSIDE the plastic tote.  If you do not then you will surly have a house full of crickets.  You have no idea how many first time buyers of bulk crickets make that mistake.

Pull out the egg crates that are inside the cricket-shipping box and place the crickets and the egg crates together in the plastic tote.

Throw a hand full of cricket feed on the bottom of the plastic tote and a small plate full of cricket water – and you are in business.

How do I remove the crickets from the storage container to feed to my reptile?

A good trick that I found is to place a toilet paper roll in the container.  Crickets like extra space and a good hiding place so they will happily go inside the roll.  Just pick the roll up and transport your crickets to your reptile cage.  This is a good trick for those of you who don’t like to touch crickets.  The pros don’t really care – they just scoop up a hand full and toss them in the reptile cage.

How long do crickets live?

It takes 42 days to produce a full grown cricket.  Once they are full grown, they generally have two to three weeks before they pass on.  

When do crickets begin to chirp?

Some people get annoyed with the sound of chirping crickets.  The chirping begins when they grow beyond ¾” in size and start developing wings.  So if you do not want to hear the chirping, order smaller crickets.

Why do my crickets smell bad?

The crickets do not smell bad - it is the bacteria that cause the odor.  What causes bacteria to flourish?  Rotting food and dead crickets.

What rots? – All the food that you throw in the cricket cage – like potatoes, carrots, etc.

What should I feed my crickets?

Try our cricket food.  It does not rot and has all the vitamins and most minerals needed to produce a fully ‘gut loaded’ cricket.  We have our cricket food specially blended and grounded to achieve an ideal growth rate and gut load for our crickets.

 

Other food sources work, but not as well.  If you do not want our food, go with oatmeal, corn meal, and/or dog food.  You can use a potato, however it's full of starch and not a good food supplement.

You also need to provide a water source for your crickets.  The cheap way is a wet sponge or paper towel.  However, keeping the sponge clean can be a challenge over time.  Paper towels dry out quickly.

What is the ‘Cricket Water’ that you sell?

 
We sell our cricket water in a dehydrated form.  When you get your bag of cricket water, add the contents to 1 gallon of water.  Stir for about 15 minutes and you will see it turn into a ‘jello’ form.  It is the same stuff you buy at the Pet Store – just no fancy label. Scoop a small amount on a small plate (or jar cap) and change out every 3 days.  It makes watering your crickets a snap.

Do I need to refrigerate the cricket water?

No, you do not.  I carry around the same cricket water to reptile shows for people to see for over two years.  The cricket water should be stored in a cool location.  If it goes dry, simply add some more water to rehydrate.

Why do I need to ‘dust’ my crickets with Calcium? (Rather than feeding them with Calcium)

 

Many people make the mistake of trying to ‘gut load’ their cricket with calcium-supplemented products (like cricket water, etc.).  Here is the problem – a cricket has an exoskeleton.  That means their skeleton is on the outside of their body.  Too much calcium makes their skeleton brittle and they cannot molt it off as they grow to their next stage of development.  Premature death is the result.

We sell a high-grade calcium product that you can use to coat your crickets prior to feeding to your reptile.  We recommend that you dust your crickets with calcium every other feeding.

What else do I need to consider?

  • Crickets should be kept at 70 degrees or better (find somewhere inside your house)
  • Crickets and fly strips do not do well together – the fly strip wins.
  • Crickets are very sensitive to chemicals.  They are hearty, but weak to chemicals like paint, new carpet out-gassing, and of course – bug spray.
  • Clean your cricket cage out every week.
  • Have fun!

What is Weather Protection

A 40 hour heat pack is used as weather protection when temperatures are between 30 degrees and 50 degrees. Some insects like the heat and cannot handle the cold very well. A 40 hour heat pack is all the warmth they need during shipping.

There is a $3.00 charge for this service. Please see our shipping policy to ensure your shipment has the live arrival guarantee. 

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by on August 25, 2008

The last shipment if crickets I recieved was the best I have even seen! Very few crickets died over the course of a month. I was very please I hope when I order today I can get cricket from the same batch/litter. Alot of times I will order 2,000 unguaranteed live vs. 1,000 guaranteed. This time 1,000 guaranteed crickets lasted longer and I even get to feed my 2 bearded dragons more than usual. Any recommendations on which I should order? Thanks! Erica Allen

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by on December 7, 2013

I am so pleased with the crickets I got from you. I ordered 1500 and not a single death occurred during shipping. Your crickets are healthy and your winter shipping was so helpful for those of us that have to deal with colder weather. I had previously ordered from Ghanns crickets and let me tell you NEVER again. They were incredibly rude and their crickets arrived with well over half dead and the ones that survived were very unhealthy. After my experience with them I was hesitant to order online again but Premium Crickets went above and beyond to ensure the crickets were safe and healthy. You just got yourself a permanent customer!

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by on June 5, 2007

Great service and products Mike! By far THE best crickets online or locally I have found. Thank you very much!!

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by on June 5, 2005

Hello Mike -
I just wanted to drop a line your way and let you know how impressed I am with my order. I recently had a HORRIBLE experience ordering crickets, and upon the advice from another reptile breeder tried premium crickets. I am a brand new reptile owner, and the problems that I had really made me nervous about ordering online again.

I was SO pleased today when I got my order! The crickets are exactly the size I wanted, they are clean, healthy, and EVERY SINGLE ONE was alive when I unpacked them! As an added bonus, the order was about $10 less than the previous two that I got from the other company. Also, the box that they were shipped in is way more convenient to unpack - the small size fit right inside the aquarium and I didn't have one on the outside of the tank - it took less than two minutes to empty the contents!

You have a customer for life, thank you so much! I look forward to doing business with you again, and will most certainly be recommending your company in the future!

~Anne

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by on May 25, 2005

Mike,
Just wanted to let you know that I have been extremly pleased with doing buisness with premium crickets. I have now gotten 2 orders from the company and both shipments were very high quality and they get here so fast and the prices are great! I just ordered yesterday and the crickets, waxworms and superworms are here today. You have surpassed my expections and I just wanted to say thanks! :)

A pleased customer,
Erica Finnan

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