Keeping Crickets as Pets: Benefiting and Entertaining

Crickets: Chirping Friends.

Crickets are not just ordinary insects. Belongs to Gryllidae family which consists of 500 species spread around the world, crickets offer benefits that we sometimes aren't aware.Your kids, your environment as well as your pets can get a lot of positive aspects from them. Being familiar with cricket's life will enable us to take a closer look and find out some attractive sides of their behavior.

Do they benefit kids too? Yes, there are many stories and myths, depicting the lives of cricket originate some countries which can be interesting as bedtime stories. Do they know that In Brazil, the presence of crickets may sign good and bad news, depending on the appearing cricket ? black cricket means illness, but grey cricket means money is coming !. Crickets in Barbados have better fate, they live prosperously because every one wants them alive. According to local believe in this country cricket chirps means incoming money. In Alagoas state (northeast Brazil) crickets live in sharp contrast compared to their relatives in Barbados. Their chirps inside the house are believed to bring death, that makes local people don't want their presence and tried to kill them - Wikipedia: Insect( cricket).

In line with my experience who once lived in eastern Java-Indonesia, kids in this province like to keep crickets to have fun with. They also know how to build a cricket cage, feed them with chirping-stimulant food, and tickle them using flowers of particular grass just to make them chirp. Even though I couldn't agree less on cricket fighting.

Regarding the animal's scientific facts, you may kiddingly ask your children a question: Do you know why crickets don't play cricket ? . the answer is because they have "ears" called tympanic membranes which are located on their front legs, under their knees, instead of on their head. Wow!  playing cricket can be risky for crickets.

Second question to your kids : Why don't female crickets like to join a choir ? It is because only male crickets which are able to sing (chirp). Unlike human who use their lips to sing, male crickets "sing" using a pair of their front wings. They position left front wing to a 45 degree then rub it against fore right wing, and the chirping takes place. Male crickets chirp because they want to attract the females and propose them to be their spouses. Since only the males can sing, does it means that male crickets are more special than their opposite gender ?. Not at all. Female crickets also have a specialty that male crickets don't : the females lay eggs using their ovipositor so that their generation continues.

A cricket experiences a life cycle in its whole life. Although a cricket' life cycle isn't as complete as a butterfly's, keeping crickets as pets can also be used as a media for children to observe on an insect's life and its life cycle.

Crickets For Relaxation and Repellent

Many people in my country like to enjoy cricket chirps in the house, they keep crickets in a bamboo cage to get relaxing moments resulted from cricket chirping, they say it's some kind of 'music' that's indispensable.

Other than its benefit for relaxation due to its calming sound above, chirping crickets are also used for repelling mice and rats. In this case crickets offer a safe, natural and environmental friendly way in mouse control. What you need to do is keep some chirping crickets in small cages and locate them at areas where mice are to be got rid of.

Crickets which are kept together in one cage should be given dividers/partitions inside the cage, because crickets can be hostile to each other when they are hungry or when they try to attract female crickets. The partition are not necessarily made in regular position, a clump of dried banana leaves will be enjoyable dividers for them, especially as hiding places for inferior crickets.

One important thing to get attention that ants and geckos are crickets' enemies, to keep cricket cage away from ants and its other enemies you can polish onto around every foot of the cage with some motor oil.

As I mentioned above, you can give particular food to stimulate crickets to chirp. Some chunks of fresh chillies put at some corners inside their cage are what they need. Remember, those chillies will make them chirp diligently but on the other hand that also make them hot and become more aggressive among their peers !, hence you need some techniques to soothe them.

There are two ways you can do to calm crickets down. First you can spray some water to dried banana leaves where those crickets flock, they will sip the droplets to cool down their body . Secondly, you can give them succulent food like cucumber, fresh corn on the cob, or banana peels . Don't leave the succulent food stays too long (for days) in their cage since the food will be rotten and that's bad for crickets life.

As pet's supplement a young cricket is better than the old one.
As pet's supplement a young cricket is better than the old one.

Crickets Benefit Pets.

Keeping crickets also bring benefit to your pets. Because crickets contain a lot of nutrient, they are very good for pets. Dragon fish, insect-eater birds, chicken, reptiles, and some ornamental fish need food which contain complete nutrient. Healthy pets normally sing diligently (for birds), live energetically and have bright feather or attractive body colors. Two or three crickets a day for your pet is enough. Because cricket increases body temperature, too many crickets eaten by your chirping birds may cause losing feather.

Nutrients contained in cricket's body may varies which is closely related to quality of food given to your cricket. It is important to note, particularly if you keep crickets intended for your pets' food supplement. To give proper consumption to your cricket, pellets sold at poultry shop can be a good alternative food.

Differentiating Cricket's Sexes

There are two ways in differentiating cricket's sexes :

1. Male cricket chirps while female cricket doesn't.

2. Female cricket has a needle-like ovipositor (an organ for laying eggs) at the tip

of its rear abdomen, while male cricket doesn't have.

Male cricket, it has no ovipositor.
Male cricket, it has no ovipositor.
Female cricket with an ovipositor at the end of its abdomen/belly.
Female cricket with an ovipositor at the end of its abdomen/belly.

Making Cricket Cage

It's not so hard to make a cricket cage, you can make it from used container around you. Here I give an example of a cage made of a plastic botol. Put the bottle cap on, cut the end (bottom part) of the bottle after that put some dry banana into the cage. The next step is put your crickets into the cage and finally cover it with a piece of plastic, make some holes on the plastic for air circulation. When you need to pick out a cricket, you just open the cap of the bottle/cage off then put it back on when finished. Don't let the cage too crowded with crickets since it will make those crickets interact too much and tend to fight one another. To be able to put the cage in lying position you need a base for the cilindral cage to stay still. You can make that base from a scrap box, cut the lid/cover of the box away then cut both sides to make concaves where you lie the cage ( look at the picture). Another benefit of using plastic bottle is that you can watch your cricket activities inside the cage, not to mention additional benefit in reducing polluting plastic bottles.

Crickets in the cage.
Crickets in the cage.

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Bbudoyono 7 years ago

Where can we find cricket ?

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agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia Author

You can buy it at bird shops Pak. Thank you for attention.

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Gorgeously 7 years ago from United States

Wow.. i didn't know crickets can be pets too..

But thanks for sharing

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jim10 7 years ago from ma

I would love to find a little top hot and cane for a pet cricket. Then I could name him Jiminy. Thanks for all of the great info. I had no idea a cricket would deter mice. I always figured a mouse might eat them. I had heard before they were good luck. The local pet store has them dirt cheap for lizard food.

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agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Gorgeously : Thanks for your comment Gorgeously.

@jim10: People and I myself have tried detering mice using chirping cricket. Thanks for additional information too.

HersheyTheCricket 7 years ago

Thanks for the info I just caught a cricket yesterday and I am already having fun! If anyone is interested in this you may like the book bugs as pets it shows you how to keep them for longer periods of time or forever I find it very helpful.

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agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you Hershey for the comments and information you share.

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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Keeping crickets as pets...wouldn't the chirping keep one awake at night? I think that I will just let them continue their lives outside the house. LOL Always enjoy learning new things. Thanks!

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agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia Author

I usually put crickets at where mice normally around so they may deter those unwanted Toms. Thanks for your responds Peggy W.

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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Who'd have thought a cricket would have so many benefits? As pets? As nourishment?

I've always known them to be great fish bait, but who knew all this? :)

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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you for your visit, Springboard. I forgot to include that crickets are good for bait too.

ananymous 6 years ago

oh my goodness are you serious. crickets are reptilian food and they are not really a companian like any other animal. i dont see the point of having a cricket as a pet. to me it is pointless but i guess some people just know how to enjy having a criket around.

Andy 6 years ago

i for one i think crickets can be annoying to a some extent. you see i have a green anole and as you can see the food for them is crickets. yet the tank they sell at the store has breathing holes in the top that the crikets were somehow getting through thus getting out og the tank crawling around in my house

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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia Author

@ananymous: yes, a lot of people have crickets as pets in my country since they enjoy the chirps. Thank you for your visit.

@Andy: Thank you Andy. You can make the cricket cage by yourself either from bamboo or from used plastic bottle like I've explained in this hub.

Brian 6 years ago

I found this page because I have a beautiful woven bamboo cricket cage I was going to sell. Now I will keep it and maybe put a cricket in. Thank you.

dylan 6 years ago

Thanks for all the info!!!

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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Absolutely charming and most fascinating. The most enlightening Hub I've read all day. Thanks!

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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Brian : Thank you for reading my hub, let's make use your cricket cage again.

@dylan : thanks for dropping by.

@Green lotus : Thank you so much for your encouraging comments.

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Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Assalammu alaykum. Always came up with the unusual topics for non Indonesian readers. I admiring your strong commitment to do that, brother. But Crickets? Yuck! Bugs is the second most hateful animal for me. Number one is Rat!

denni 5 years ago

hello. we are going to try to grow crickets in a terrarium filled with growing grass. do you think this is a good idea?

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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia

An excellent article and very informative too. You have taught me some things. I have bred thousands, eaten hundreds, have a special interest in antique cricket cages....but I never knew they repelled mice. Thank you.

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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Cricket as pets wow.. if i brought one home my mom would give me ultimatum, either both ( me and cricket) leave home or throw the cricket away. Nice informative hub though.

Alaina 4 years ago

Pet crickets! I'd say they are cute and ugly at the same time!!! They must be easy to care for because they are not picky when it comes to food, unlike me!!

Great info! Thanks a bunch!

Lumpy Space Princess 4 years ago

I never knew Crickets could be pets too

noodle 4 years ago

I have a pet cricket that is a male and I put him in a cool enclosure. But he dosent chirp at all. Why? I also introduced him to a female but she starting attacking him. I quickly got rid of her. I want my pet cricket to have a companion, but how do I know they won't fight.

noodle 3 years ago

you never replied to me and my cricket died

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