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What kind of ventilation do I need in my container?

Having a well ventilated cricket container is essential for keeping healthy live crickets as excess moisture build up can cause many problems. Not only can it destroy your egg cartons but it can also cause your crickets to die. Too much moisture in your cricket container will also attract other insects such as flies and can lead to mould.

The best way to avoid moisture building up is to have an open air container however if this isn't an option for you then you should try to use a lid made of metal fly-screen mesh which you can easily make at home. One way to do this is by building a wooden frame to go around the top of your box and stapling or gluing mesh tightly to it like in the picture below.

Many people poke or drill small air holes in their cricket container lid but this does not allow for enough airflow through out the box. A good rule to go by is that at least 80% of your containers lid should allow for easy airflow into your container. We often see people drilling a few fist sized air holes and covering them with mesh but as stated earlier this will not be good enough if you plan on keeping large amounts of crickets. As shown below, a lid made from metal fly-screen mesh is the best option as it contains your crickets, keeps other unwanted insects out and allows for maximum amount of ventilation.

live cricket ventilation
Above: A tall garbage bin or tub is a good way to store crickets. A plastic container with a homemade mesh flyscreen lid.


  • Excess moisture build up can kill your crickets and destroy your egg carton housing.
  • A tall container with no lid is a good way to avoid this.
  • If using a lid, at least 80% of it should allow for easy airflow.
  • Poking or drilling a few holes in your lid and container does not allow enough air to flow through.
  • You can easily make a DIY metal fly-screen mesh lid to fit around your box.
live cricket side vent
Side vent for box: Use either hot glue or silicone. First cut out hole with hole saw. Glue bottom of screen, place vent down and press down with gloves. Then glue on top of screen, smooth glue with gloves and wait to dry.

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