Heating is an important factor which influences the growth rate and life span of crickets. In general terms, the higher the temperatures, the faster the growth rate and shorter the lifecycle.
Adult crickets can survive a range of temperatures, however optimal grown is found in a relatively narrow temperature range of 32-35 degrees Centigrade (90-95 degrees Fahrenheit). Productivity and breeding consistency will suffer away from these preferred temperature ranges. In the heat of summer I have had container temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) with no deaths, however during these periods I had good ventilation, plenty of available water and fans blowing through the containers. Whilst crickets have the ability to survive temporary fluctuations in temperature, the eggs are less tolerant and require relatively consistent temperatures.
See our Heating Methods page to learn which methods are best to heat your cricket colony.
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Below is a summary of the “Heating and Storage” sections of our Cricket Breeding Manual.
- Tables which provide the various temperature thresholds to manage a cricket colony
- Advantages/disadvantages for 4 different heating systems including free solar options. Find out the best method for productive cricket production.
- Learn the thermodynamic principles for efficient heat conservation.
- 20 methods to reduce your heating costs.
- How to estimate your heating costs and manage excessive heat.
- How to store breeding containers so they are easy to access and feeding can be done without opening the lid. This will allow numerous containers can be stored into a tight configuration, to save space or to increase the number of containers.
© Zega Enterprises 2018, © Photographs, diagrams and tables by Glenn Kvassay or as credited 2018