Crickets are a great food source for your reptiles, arachnids and amphibians. As an excellent source of protein and fat, they are a great everyday food for your pet.
Your crickets may look different from what you’ve been used to seeing because of the many different species out there. See some of the many species that are common in today’s market on our species page.
The smallest amount of bulk crickets we sell is a 250 count. The next smallest is 500, and you can purchase amounts above that in increments of 500.
This largely depends on the animal.
This species of cricket has the best shelf life of any cricket species on the market. The better you care for them, the longer they will live. We recommend ordering enough to get you through two weeks at a time. If you are experienced with taking care of crickets, you could expect a little more life out of them than that.
For a general rule of thumb, choose a cricket size that is smaller in width than your pet’s mouth. If it is too large, your pet won’t eat it, but a little bit too small is okay. Make sure when you are ordering that you do not order more than your pet can eat before the crickets grow too large.
Primarily you should know that, like most things, the better you take care of them, the longer
they will last. Make sure they always have access to fresh water either through a sponge or in a
shallow dish (for larger crickets). Smaller crickets may drown in standing water. A clean,
healthy environment promotes longer life and less odor. Wipe down the inside of your cricket
container with a damp paper towel and rinse all parts of the watering device in clean water
several times a week.
Frequently clean cricket care supplies with a mild bleach solution, soak for five minutes. This will ensure that everything is kept as clean as possible. Make sure to rinse more than you feel necessary to be sure that all of the bleaching solution is gone.
Room temperature, approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Make sure that your crickets always have access to fresh water. For smaller crickets, keep a wet sponge in with the crickets, or for larger crickets you can use a shallow dish. For nutrients, you can feed them potato, lettuce, apple, oranges, or pumpkin seeds.
Yes! With special packaging, our crickets can be packaged up year-round and will survive lower temperatures. You don’t have to worry about opening up a box of dead crickets in January; your crickets will arrive alive and healthy. For more information, visit our shipping page.
The acheta domesticus species of cricket is extremely susceptible to the AdDNV cricket virus, which kills them. We used to sell the acheta, but have now switched to the Gryllodes sigillatus to ensure that you are always receiving crickets that are alive and healthy.
How We Ship Your Crickets
Top Hat Cricket Farm ships out Monday through Thursday. For same-day shipping on Monday, you must place your order by 10am, and for same-day shipping Tuesday through Thursday, you must place your order by 12pm. If your location requires two days in transit, your order must be in by 12pm noon on Wednesday, or it will not go out until the following week. Because the crickets and worms are coming to you alive and healthy, we do not like anything to be in transit for more than two days. After your order is shipped, you will be emailed a confirmation and tracking number so that you can see when it will arrive.
Live Delivery Guarantee
Our goal is to deliver crickets and worms to you that are always both alive and healthy. We guarantee live delivery when shipping by FedEx Priority Overnight and when the outside temperature is below 90 F and above 25 F. Live delivery can not be guaranteed when using FedEx Ground or FedEx 2Day Delivery service. Sometimes this may mean adjusting shipping days due to cold weather, and it's often situational. However, we will make sure that you are satisfied and should an unfortunate problem arise, we will do our best to fix it. Depending on the situation, this could mean a credit on your account for future orders or a reshipment at no charge in some cases. In all cases, loss must be reported within 48 hours of receiving your shipment.
Refunds for Dead on Arrival Crickets
An unfortunate reality of shipping live crickets is that losses are sometimes unavoidable through the delivery process. Refunds are issued based on our 'Live Delivery Guarantee' policy conditions and available for the following shipping methods:
- FedEx Priority Overnight: Eligible for 100% refund
- FedEx 2Day Delivery: Eligible for 50% refund
- FedEx Ground Delivery: Eligible for refund of shipping costs
Regionally-Based Small Orders
If you're looking for a smaller order for individual use, we can ship within two days through Fed-Ex from Michigan throughout the Midwest, extending our reach to parts of Kansas, some of the southern states, and part of the East. During winter, if you are in the further reaches of that area, you may be forced to upgrade to an overnight shipping service to ensure that your crickets and worms will stay alive and safe during the journey.
Large Orders Throughout the United States
For orders more than 20K of an item, we can ship to anywhere in the country through Southwest Air Cargo. We don't currently extend our reach in Canada but do have the capability. If you're in Canada and would like to place a large order, please contact us for more details.
Safe Shipping in both Summer and Winter
Based upon the temperatures outside, we will package your bulk crickets and worms differently. In the warmer
months, we ship using a vented box. Once it gets colder, we will use blind boxes. Colder yet, and we will
add heat packs, and finally once it is snowing, we add a sleeve box. We look at both the overnight extreme
low temperature and the next day's high temperature to determine our packing strategy. Winter packaging is
taken into consideration when the overnight low is below 50 to 55 degrees and the next day's high not over
55 to 60 degrees.
To ensure the safety of the crickets and worms, we may adjust when your package is shipped so that it goes out on the warmest night of the week. In almost every case, you will receive your order the same week it is ordered. Occasionally, we may have to force a shipping upgrade to overnight shipping if your package normally would take only 2 days.
At Top Hat Cricket Farm, we grow and sell the Gryllodes Sigillatus.
Just about every reptile enjoys live crickets. Crickets are a great protein source for their diets and are full of natural appeal. Crickets have a lifespan of about 8 to 10 weeks.
Also known as the tropical house cricket or the banded cricket, we sell this species because of the many pros and because it is very resilient to the AdDNV cricket virus that has wiped out our supply and growth in the past. By selling the Gryllodes sigillatus species, we can ensure that you always receive crickets that are both alive and healthy.
- not aggressive toward animals or humans
- all sizes very digestible (less chitin)
- more active, making a lively feeding experience for animals
- resistant to AdDNV cricket virus
- hearty, lives well (longer lifespan than Acheta)
- less odor vs. other cricket
- less noise vs. other crickets
- adults not quite as large as adults of other species