Crickets for Sale

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Cricket

Pet stores commonly sell live crickets as food for pets. Where do they get the crickets? Crickets are produced on a massive scale by large companies and in smaller numbers by small companies. About 2 billion crickets are produced by the 10 largest US producers annually.* The most common cricket sold is the House Cricket, Acheta domesticus. It is not native to the US having been introduced to North America in the 1700s. Crickets have been mass produced for over half a century. Rearing techniques have been refined to make cricket production efficient. Crickets are marketed in the US for a little more than a penny each.

*Marianne Shockley and Aaron T. Dossey. 2014. Insects for Human Consumption. IN: Mass Production of Beneficial Organisms. Elsevier Inc.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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