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PostSubject: The silence of the crickets   12/29/2010, 5:45 pm

Hey.
Quick question for anyone, and one I'm pretty sure is an unavoidable issue, but I figured I would ask anyways just in case.

I'm out living in cold, cold canada, so my crickets have been moved from their garage container to the basement of my house.
I never keep many on hand, and they've been inside for the last couple months no problem.

They've started to chirp and make thsoe lovely cricket sounds in the last 2 days. It's driving my household nuts...

... my monitor is about to tear apart my basement trying to find them (I've had to hide the boxes on top of my dart board so nothing gets to them).

Anyone know a home remedy to shut these things up, or am I going to have to spend a day removing back legs?

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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/29/2010, 7:02 pm

only thing I could think of is sound proofing your basement with egg containers... just put them along the wall *ghetto way off sound proofing it* Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/29/2010, 8:34 pm

Maybe buy different crickets lol I believe it's only the black ones that make the "racket" / lovely lovely noise lol we have found this with ours the brown crickets and locusts are virtually silent apart from the odd scurrying about noises

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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/29/2010, 9:25 pm

Sometimes.. they makes you think that you live in a jungle at night.. with all the "lovely" chipping.

I don't recommend removing the hind legs etc, unless you have too much time to kill.

As for me, i've switched to roach and only keep pinheads to juvenile crickets (which are really silent as compare to the adult males who kept his "singing" going on all day)
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/29/2010, 10:26 pm

Yeah, I have juvenile (2 week) brown circkets. Tiny little buggers, but chirping none the less. First time i've ever had this problem.

I'm wondering if its the amount I have this time.

Usually I keep about a dozen on hand, but this time the store sent me a ton more. I have 30 or so packed into a tiny box.

I took a shot at egg-cartoning my cupboard, and another layer of egg-cartoning creates a box that fits tightly around the cricket box. Works a little, but apparently I'll never make it as a sound proofing expert.

I'm considering just letting the superworms eat them. Atleast they might serve some purpose in the great circle of life.

My lady's about to throw them in the snow!
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/29/2010, 10:45 pm

the male crickets does that chirping/mating sound, just remove all the males....

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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/30/2010, 12:29 am

roaches dont chirp
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/30/2010, 12:32 am

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roaches dont chirp

I really wish this was an option. I had a hissing roach as a pet once. Then I met my old lady. I never knew what happened to that roach, but I do know that my hammer appeared in my viv room some time soon after.

But in all seriousness, the scorpions alone freak her out, and the crickets are just as bad. Roaches are tantamount to sleeping on the couch for the next 20 years.
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/30/2010, 12:35 am

I had the same problem after keeping both roaches and crickets and showing her the differance in smell and sound she deceided as long as she doesnt have to see them were cool with roaches.
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/30/2010, 1:28 am

If you've got 2 week old crickets and you hear chirping, there's an adult male in there somewhere. Find him and rip his wings off. Problem solved!
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/30/2010, 2:35 am

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If you've got 2 week old crickets and you hear chirping, there's an adult male in there somewhere. Find him and rip his wings off. Problem solved!

Haha. I did a large amount of sifting and hunting and discovered, you sir, were correct.

I had, in my larger quantity of crickets, discovered 2 adult males and an adult female. They became ant food.

Silence. Is golden yes?
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/30/2010, 2:37 am

Just get used to it lol...I have them in my bedroom where i SLEEP! And after about a week or 2, you dont even notice them anymore.
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/30/2010, 11:15 am

i agree with the above, 2 years of constant chirping and you only think about it when someone else mentions it.
i hate the reputation that roaches have, they are the most harmless things imaginable, and the only invert i keep that i handle regularly. they dont bite, sting, smell, chirp, need a load of space etc. and get the right type an they dont escape either!
but to ordinary humans they are as scary as a tumor...
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/30/2010, 3:19 pm

i hate roaches but im from florida hahaha

how would you like a big roach flying at you at night dang things
or you go roll a log and get hit by the smell of a smell old skunk roach

and they are more shell that food for inverts so i stick to crickets and a odd thing or 2 haha
but no roaches i dont have any in my house and i dont want them so none for me hahaha

i dont mind the chirps realy its normal and makes you sleep harder hahaha its relaxing
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/30/2010, 8:53 pm

Kerrby wrote:
Canth wrote:
If you've got 2 week old crickets and you hear chirping, there's an adult male in there somewhere. Find him and rip his wings off. Problem solved!

Haha. I did a large amount of sifting and hunting and discovered, you sir, were correct.

I had, in my larger quantity of crickets, discovered 2 adult males and an adult female. They became ant food.

Silence. Is golden yes?

Glad you located and eradicated your problem!!
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/31/2010, 1:54 pm

If my crickets start chirping i just take the time to rip off the males wings, the over wing, not the under wing.
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   12/31/2010, 10:11 pm

^Every time I've tried that I usually end up accidentally disemboweling them. Nail clippers work pretty well.

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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   1/1/2011, 7:16 am

I use scissors, although they're always that one cricket that refuses to shut up Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   1/1/2011, 8:48 am

Breed other feeders..roaches dont make noise,and stinks less than crickets (i tried smelling my friends cricket colony it almost makes me puke) Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   1/1/2011, 10:54 am

Mr. Mordax wrote:
^Every time I've tried that I usually end up accidentally disemboweling them. Nail clippers work pretty well.

+1 lol
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   1/1/2011, 12:37 pm

Same thing goes when trying to remove the hind legs. If not done carefully.. you could end up with tearing the whole body apart! You may then throw the ripped-up cricket back to its colony for recycling process What a Face

While we are on the topic of disabling parts of the cricket, i intend to stop adult females from laying eggs in my Emp's enclosure so i cut off the "long egg depository thingy" (scienticfic name?) at the end of the adult female cricket,
nevertheless, she can still do it(her egg laying process) anyway! anyone encounter this before? Chin Scratch
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   1/1/2011, 3:06 pm

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Same thing goes when trying to remove the hind legs. If not done carefully.. you could end up with tearing the whole body apart! You may then throw the ripped-up cricket back to its colony for recycling process What a Face

While we are on the topic of disabling parts of the cricket, i intend to stop adult females from laying eggs in my Emp's enclosure so i cut off the "long egg depository thingy" (scienticfic name?) at the end of the adult female cricket,
nevertheless, she can still do it(her egg laying process) anyway! anyone encounter this before? Chin Scratch

Haven't had a problem removing the Ovipositor (Long egg thingy, I believe). Once removed I've never see one lay eggs.

Who knows though. Nature is a weird mother....
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   1/2/2011, 8:16 am

lol, you lot are so harsh!
all crickets can do is jump, chirp, eat and breed. pulling off their wings legs and egg laying jobbies removes 3 of the only things they can do. you may as well put some porridge oats in a box and have a colony of meal worms!
just let them chirp!
and cricket eggs only hatch if kept a bit damp, so feed females to desert species and you wont get babies all over the place.
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PostSubject: Re: The silence of the crickets   1/2/2011, 5:53 pm

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lol, you lot are so harsh!
all crickets can do is jump, chirp, eat and breed. pulling off their wings legs and egg laying jobbies removes 3 of the only things they can do. you may as well put some porridge oats in a box and have a colony of meal worms!
just let them chirp!
and cricket eggs only hatch if kept a bit damp, so feed females to desert species and you wont get babies all over the place.

the chirping does get anoying tho,,, espacially when its in your bedroom and your trying to get asleep. ive had a cricket in my chameleon viv for bout 4days now and it aint shut up, finally found out where he was hiding and threw him out into the garden,,, let the fella freeze muhahahahaha
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