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4000 Crickets Bulk 1/2" One Half

SKU 4000F
List Price $59.99
Your Price $47.99
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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

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. PLEASE CALL WITHIN 24 HOURS IF YOU RECEIVE A DOA OR YOUR GUARANTEE WILL BE VOID.

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.

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Live Delivery Guarantee

We have a 24 hour notification window from the time you receive your package! If it’s after hours or on the weekend, please email us at support@premiumcrickets.com and we will see it as soon as we reopen for business. Failure to do so voids the live delivery guarantee! We only guarantee insects that are ordered of a quantity 500 or above, have the correct weather protection (if needed) and shipping method per temperatures. If your order meets the standards of our Live Delivery Guarantee and is unfortunately dead on arrival we will charge $4.95 then we will repack and reship your order. The $4.95 processing fee will cover all other incurred costs of the reshipment.

If you order a smaller amount and they arrive dead, we will add insects to your next order to compensate for your loss. We reserve the right to determine if we will make a replacement shipment to you in the event of DOA or add more crickets at no charge to your next order. The good news is we only have to reship .5% of our orders. Please check below prior to placing an order to ensure you are allowing your insects a safe travel.

FedEx Delays, Damages and Refusals

Whatever happens to your order, whether it arrives damaged, delayed or dead, do not refuse the package! FedEx will charge our company $16 to ship the product back to us. This charge will be passed on to you and we reserve the right to deny any reshipments to you. So do not refuse your shipment by any means! As a customer you are not the only person who can reject the order. Apartment Complex offices can refuse the package if they deem it not allowed in the complex. If you live in an apartment please check with the office first! Also, FedEx can also refuse the shipment at their ship centers or FedEx office and print stores. Office and print stores will refuse your shipment, do not ship their! If you ship to a FedEx Ship Center only use express services provided (FedEx 2 day Air, Standard Overnight and Priority Overnight). We have been using FedEx for some time now with relatively good success. If your shipment is delayed for any reason after we shipped the package, your best bet is to contact FedEx directly and provide them your tracking number. If FedEx can determine it was an error on their end and not “an act of god” (your order got stuck because of snow for example) we will make sure we will do everything in our power to rectify your issue! From time to time FedEx can accidently damage a package. Don’t worry we have you covered! As long as you do not refuse the package we will replace what you lost (we reserve the right to determine at the time whether it is to add the missing items to your next order or reship the items).

Weather Restrictions

If your temperatures are very hot or very cold you can reduce the risk of receiving dead product. Think about shipping your insects to a FedEx Ship Center (do not ship to office and print centers as they have the right to refuse your shipment). To find your nearest ship center there is an option for you to select the nearest Ship Center at the time of placing your order. Your order will avoid the hot trip in the FedEx van and FedEx will call you when they arrive. If your order is shipped via FedEx Ground or Home Delivery, FedEx will refuse the shipment at the ship center and will be returned to us. We will not replace or refund these orders.

Normal Weather Shipping

When the temperature is above 50 degrees at night and below 80 degrees during the day, we rarely have any problems with shipping. In the rare event that your insects do arrive all dead, email us at support@premiumcrickets.com (remember to take pictures) and we will immediately work on rectifying your issue. As long as you are in the parameters of the temperature requirements we will happily reship your order and all you will pay is the $4.95 processing charge. If part of your live delivery arrives dead, we will compensate by adding free live products to your next order.

Hot Weather Shipping

If your temperature is above 80 degrees in the day, we will ship your order but there will be no guarantee if shipped via FedEx Ground or Home Delivery. If daytime temperatures are between 80 and 85 degrees your order will be guaranteed if shipped Priority overnight. Once daytime temperatures exceed 85 degrees there is no live arrival guarantee under any circumstances.

Cold Weather Shipping

Insects live within a given temperature range. If the temperature is too cold they will die. During cold weather spells, you can add Weather Protection to your shipment. The cost of the weather packaging is $3.00 per item for the packaging. During the ordering process you'll have the opportunity to select the Weather Protection option. If the transit temperature is below 50 degrees at night choose weather protection to receive the guarantee. If the transit temperatures in your area are between 40 and 30 degrees at night, choose the weather protection and FedEx Priority Overnight shipping service if you want the guarantee. If your night time temperatures drop below 25 degrees there is no guarantee in any circumstance. When Insects get too cold they go dormant. Before calling please ensure they have been acclimated to warmer temperatures for at least 3 hours (try to avoid heat lamps as they tend to dry out the dormant crickets and cook them). A lot of times this is all that is needed to spring them back into life.

Shipping Your Orders

Shipping to a PO Box

Only the Post Office can ship to a PO Box. Since we don't use the Post Office as a shipper, we cannot ship to PO Boxes. It is your responsibility to put in the correct shipping address. We need a physical address.

Incorrect Addresses

If you put in an incorrect address and we ship, FedEx will try to find the correct address and make the correction. FedEx will charge us $16.00 for the service. That $16.00 will be charged back to you - Please make sure you put in your correct address! If the delivery is delayed due to you putting in the wrong address, the guarantee is void.

Shipping to an Apartment

FedEx will deliver your package to an Apartment. However, they will not leave the package at the front door of an Apartment if you are not there. If you make an order and have shipped to an Apartment, it is your responsibility to be home when FedEx makes their delivery. If you cannot be home, have the shipment sent to your place of employment or a friend's house. We will not guarantee shipments where FedEx makes an attempt to deliver to an Apartment and no one is home. Consider shipping your Insects to a FedEx Ship Center, if you select FedEx Express Services Only (2 Day Air, Standard Overnight and Priority Overnight)

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 January 2, 2011

Thank you for the amazing crickets. I have not been able to get quality crickets to the west coast and have them arrive alive in the heat of Las Vegas. The quality and service has been outstanding. Thank you again. Mark Romansky Moonstone Dragons

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by on January 6, 2014

First purchase went great, second I lost 250/1000, third I lost around 1/2 of my 4k, last time im ordering from these guys I ordered 4k and got maybe 1k. Have been trying to contact the company and they are either all being lazy or are total half wits. I have followed the gurantee for each order contacting within 24hrs of arrival for doa and added winter packaging when temps did not go below 30. I will alter review when I am repaid for what I was screwed out of.
From Premium Crickets. The problem with this shipment was the temperatures were below 20 degrees at night and overnight shipping was not selected. We allow people to choose the cheaper shipping option, but they wave the guarantee. To get live crickets, check your temperatures before ordering and select the correct shipping method. Mike

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by on September 6, 2013

The first time I ever bought anything was from a show and was very happy. When my daughter and I decided to start a business raising bearded dragons I called to order and find some information out Mike was very patient and kind. He also took the time to give me valuable information.I have ordered 2 times and was very happy with the service. All The crickets and butter worms arrived fine. Thank- You Mike for all your kind consideration. You have a great product.

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by on July 23, 2013

Every order I get from Premium is on Time and healthy, top notch service and Mike and the gang have always taken care of me! Thank you! Charles Schurman Tundra Dragons

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by on April 13, 2011

Thank you again. I have ordered two years in a row for our annual fishing trip. They always come in on time and look good. Thanks form Texas

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by on October 28, 2005

I'd like to thank you for the order and say that you take good care of the crickets. I ordered from Fluke Farms before and they simply did not even put a little snack for the trip. so Kudos.

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