Five Facts About the Acheta Domesticus Densovirus


AdDNV, or Acheta domesticus Densovirus, is a virus that causes paralysis in crickets. Transmitted to nymphs via the consumption of the feces or corpses of infected crickets, the virus affects the major tissues and, in almost every case, leads to the death of the cricket. At Top Hat Cricket, we think that it is important to understand what AdDNV is, what species it affects and how you can best prevent an outbreak from affecting your crickets. In light of that, we’d like to look at five important facts about AdDNV that will help you keep your crickets – and pets – safe.

1. AdDNV was originally found in pet store crickets

When AdDNV was discovered, it was found to be rampantly spreading amongst pet store crickets. Because of cramped conditions, overbreeding and lack of space, the virus spread rapidly and now affects the entire industry.

2. Densoviruses are arthropod-specific

Densoviruses specifically affect athropods. As a result, they are the cause of serious problems in another industry: shrimping.

3. AdDNV is extremely virulent

Difficult to prevent and even harder to remove, AdDNV is resistant to both extreme heat and PH. Because of this, it can spread quickly via dust to infect the surfaces of cricket breeding facilities.

4. Breeders haven’t been able to breed AdDNV resistant A. domesticus crickets

Despite their best efforts, breeders haven’t been able to create AdDNV-resistant Acheta domesticus crickets. As a result, the industry has turned its eyes towards finding a suitable replacement.

5. Gryllodes sigillatus is naturally resilient to AdDNV

At Top Hat Cricket, we sell the Gryllodes sigillatus species of crickets. Naturally resistant to AdDNV, this species is exceptionally hearty, digestible and more active than Acheta domesticus. Because of their resistance, Gryllodes sigillatus are the perfect solution for reptile, amphibian and insect owners looking to keep their pets fed. If you’d like to learn more about our cricket species and how they can make feeding your beloved pet safer and easier, give us a call today!

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