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capturing live Crickets at home

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capturing live Crickets at home

Postby TUCCI » Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:04 pm

Has anyone devised a viable method of capturing crickets around their homes? I've tried numerous ways but none I can write home about or share with the forum. One method suggested using a hollowed out chunk of bread, but that was a waste of good munching bread (for me). I don't like the measly small choices at Petsmart or of a LOF, I'm talking the thick one's, and the favorite of any good sized O, the dark skinned grand-daddy cricket! Surely someone has something to share so we can perfect the search for a constant source of the grand-daddy crickets that large Oscar's love?
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Re: capturing live Crickets at home

Postby ~RuSh~ » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:57 pm

I know what you are talking about... the nice big black fat crickets. I don't know how to catch them in numbers large enough or consistent enough though.
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Re: capturing live Crickets at home

Postby TUCCI » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:30 pm

Well if you look at Tony's face (my O), he's getting tired of waiting for answers so......while I wait for some useful dialog, I found this sight but Im needing hands on applications from experienced cricketeers!
http://www.ehow.com/how_4449492_catch-w ... source=ask

http://www.ehow.com/how_5662029_make-ho ... -trap.html
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Re: capturing live Crickets at home

Postby TUCCI » Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:01 pm

I'll answer my own question and document my finding s should someone in the future ask the questions;


How to Catch Crickets for Bait

Instructions;

1. Look for crickets around your house , under stones, boulders and floorboards on the ground. Search for these insects in areas that have nooks and crannies for them to hide.

2. Prepare a bread bait to catch the crickets. Tear a slice of bread into several small pieces and place it in a wide-brimmed glass jar. Set the glass jar overnight on its side in a field, shed, garden, or in areas where you observed the crickets. Keep the lid near the jar.

3. Retrieve the glass jar filled with the crickets in the morning. Place the lid securely on the jar to trap the crickets and prevent them from escaping. Punch tiny holes on the lid with a screwdriver, to enable the crickets to breathe.

4. Use the trapped crickets as live bait or feed them to reptile pets . You can store the crickets for up to a week. Keep them alive by offering a few vegetable scraps such as carrot and pumpkin skins.



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How to Catch Live Crickets

Whether you need food for your reptile or you would like some free fishing bait, catching your own live crickets is a feasible solution. Crickets like to hide in piles of leaves or other organic debris outside and are often plenty in numbers. If you fashion your own homemade live trap and place it in an optimal location, chances are you won't have long to wait before catching some of these insects.


Remove the lid from a 2- or 3-liter plastic bottle and rinse it out thoroughly. Make a cut in the bottle with the tip of a sharp knife , about 1/3 of the way down the bottle from the neck.

Insert one blade of a pair of sharp scissors into the cut on the bottle and cut around the bottle to remove the top 1/3 of it.

Place a piece of nylon pantyhose or stocking in the large part of the bottle with the end attached. Tear a slice of bread into small pieces and dampen under a faucet. Place the pieces of bread on the stocking and sprinkle white sugar on top of the pieces.

Insert the top 1/3 of the bottle, neck first, into the remaining part of the bottle. Place the bottle on its side in an area outside near leaves or other organic debris. The crickets should be attracted to the bread and will crawl into the large part of the bottle through the neck. Once the insect is inside, feasting on the bread, the nylon hose will catch on its legs and keep it from jumping back out.

Check the trap on a daily basis and remove any live crickets you catch. Feed your reptile or bait your fishing hook.



Tips & Warnings
· Place the trap out of direct sunlight. It will attract more crickets.
· This project is not for children. Adults are the only ones that should cut with sharp knives or use scissors to cut the bottle.
· Once you cut the plastic on the bottle, the plastic edges will be sharp. Be careful not to cut yourself.
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Re: capturing live Crickets at home

Postby ~RuSh~ » Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:41 pm

Interesting. Keep us updated. Sounds simple enough.
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Re: capturing live Crickets at home

Postby Kmuda » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:30 am

During the right time of year, I don't need a process. Crickets and grasshoppers are so plentiful little effort is necessary. With three cats and three inquisitive dogs, everyone in the house is going to be very aware of any cricket or grasshopper in the house. :lol:

My Oscar gets crickets and grasshoppers very often during that time of year. Likely several a day. Usually caught in the yard while I'm on the way in or out from work. Also catch them while working in the garden.
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