Cricket Food

Crickets are amazing creatures that can make great pets for terrariums while also providing a nutritious source of food for larger animals.

If you’re looking to feed your pet crickets or you’re looking to add crickets to another pet’s diet, it’s important to know what crickets eat and how to feed them.

This complete cricket food guide will provide you with all the information you need to care for your pet in terms of diet.

We’ll cover what crickets eat, what cricket food to buy, and when to feed crickets.

I will also show you a simple cricket food recipe and common mistakes to avoid with their food.

What Do Crickets Eat?

In the wild, crickets are omnivores, meaning they eat both plant and animal matter.

They are scavenging insects and will eat almost anything they can find, including fruits, vegetables, decaying insects, and even each other if food is scarce.

They will also eat fungi and decaying plant material, as well as grains, seeds, and other similar food sources.

To meet their nutritional needs, wild crickets will eat a variety of foods. 

Crickets have a very diverse diet and can be found eating a variety of things depending on the season and their environment.

Buy Cricket Food

If you don’t want to make your own cricket food, you can buy cricket food from pet stores and online retailers.

Many commercial cricket foods contain a variety of ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, and grains.

When buying cricket food, make sure you read the ingredients list and choose a food that is high in protein and low in sugar.

Make sure you also purchase cricket food that is specifically designed for crickets and not any other type of pet.

When To Feed Crickets

When it comes to feeding crickets, timing is important. In the wild, crickets are active during the night and rest during the day.

Therefore, it’s best to feed crickets in the evening. If you keep your crickets in a small tank, you should feed them every other day.

Alternatively, if you keep them in a larger enclosure, you can feed them every day.

Make sure to observe their food intake so you don’t overfeed them.

I also recommend removing any uneaten food after 24 hours to prevent mold from forming.

When housing crickets in large groups, it’s also essential to provide multiple sources of food to ensure that all crickets have access to food.

Common Mistakes 

One of the most common mistakes made when it comes to feeding crickets is not providing the right type of food.

As we mentioned earlier, crickets are omnivores and they will eat both plant and animal material.

It’s important to provide a well-balanced diet with a variety of foods.

Another mistake that’s often made is not providing enough food.

Crickets need to be fed daily and should have access to food at all times.

Finally, people can make the mistake of not cleaning out their cricket enclosures regularly.

It’s important to keep the enclosure clean to prevent the spread of diseases.


Following these guidelines will help you feed your pet or other animals with gut-loaded crickets successfully.

When you buy cricket food, make sure it’s appropriate for the species of cricket you have or plan to have.

When making your own cricket food recipes, be sure to use ingredients suited for the species of cricket.

Additionally, make sure to feed your crickets at the right time.

Avoiding common mistakes will ensure your crickets stay healthy and happy.

With the right knowledge and preparation, you can successfully provide an undeniably healthy diet for your colony of crickets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Crickets are omnivores and will eat a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, grains, and even other insects or small animals.


To keep crickets alive, you can feed them a combination of high-protein commercial cricket feed, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a source of moisture such as a damp sponge or water crystals.


Crickets require a source of moisture to survive, but a water dish can potentially drown them.

Instead, you can provide a damp sponge or water crystals for them to drink from.


Crickets can typically survive for up to two weeks without food, depending on their age, size, and other environmental factors.

However, it’s recommended to provide them with food regularly for optimal health and growth.

The best way to provide water to crickets is by using a damp sponge or water crystals.

This allows them to drink without the risk of drowning that comes with using a water dish.

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