Cleaning

Regular maintenance of a cricket colony is required to prevent bacteria and fungal infections which can cause disease or productivity loss.

Conventional Techniques

Have you ever wondered why 95% of people succeed to breed crickets for the first couple of months, then  nearly all of them have given up after just 6-12 months using conventional techniques.?? The answer is simple….breeding crickets is easy, the hard bit is continuing with a laborious maintenance schedule (daily spraying, moving crickets between containers, cleaning, feeding etc.).  For more details how this works see our How to Breed Crickets Page. To complete the failure cycle, most colonies then collapse from disease and pests due to lack of maintenance…

Efficient Methods…

How would you like automated systems that;   need no active management;   collects waste for you;   and food/ water dispensers  which attends to your insects for 14 days or more. How do we do this?…Well in a nut shell, we have created two separate zones within a single container (conventional techniques require up to 6 separate containers);  one high humidity area ideal for breeding;   and a lower humidity area which is required for housing and food/water. We have also developed a unique detritus collection system  which collects the waste and prevents contamination of breeding substrate and food areas. See our “How to Breed Crickets Page for more details.  This makes cleaning a breeze, eliminates odours and disease, increases egg viability and significantly increases cricket production. We have water and food dispersers which do the feeds for you, even when your on holidays! Unlike conventional techniques which need to be actively managed (daily spraying, and moving pinheads to new containers) our systems run themselves ?.

Need More Information…

Below is a summary of the “Maintenance and Pest Management” sections of our Cricket Breeding Manual:

  • Detailed information on how to manage all major pests, which often result in the failure of consistent cricket breeding.
  • Our clever container design prevents pests from entering, including a special double screen system to keep out micro flies, a major pest species (for large scale production).
  • Our “Zega Substrate System” special design, overcomes issues associated with Micro-flies.
  • Details how to build ant exclusion devices and micro-fly traps to prevent infestations.
  • How to maintain genetics and maintain productivity
  • Our innovative breeding systems prevent detritus from coming into contact with wet substrate, preventing fouling (eliminates smells) and cutting maintenance frequency by half.
  • 3 different cleaning systems reduces maintenance to only a few minutes for each breeding container.
  • Food and water dispensers can provide food for up to 2 weeks, reducing the need for food/water changes.
  • Feeding methods allows 10 containers of crickets are able to be fed wet food in just 90 seconds.
  • Systems to remove all cartons together for quick and easy maintenance.
  • Devices to separate pinheads and larger crickets from detritus and food during maintenance. This allows more animals to be returned back to the colony.
  • Systems to streamline cleaning for both small and commercial scale.

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