How to Catch Crickets!

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Intro: How to Catch Crickets!

Have noisy chirping crickets in your basement or other place in the house?
Find out how to catch them with just leftover food and drinks!

Step 1: Drink Up!

If you have any bottled drinks like soda, water, or even tea, drink all but just a little bit of the drink.
Leave it in a populated area of crickets over night. (image 1)
After that you should find some crickets have found their way in for a little drink. Only thing is... They can't get out. (image 2)
I can't be sure that your crickets aren't so smart as to figure out how to get out, but it's very unlikely!

Step 2: Soup Anyone?

Yet another way to capture these chirping beasts is with none other than soup!
Place a bowl of just about any kind of soup. WITHOUT NOODLES!!! (image 1)
Again, leave it over night and see the results the next day. (image 2)
The deeper the bowl the less likely they are to escape.
See? They're not so hard to catch now are they?

Step 3: Continue...

Continue these steps and let them think they are welcome... Until you let them out...
WARNING: If you want them alive you should not use the soup as it is likely they will drown.

good luck!

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    alienruler11

    8 years ago on Step 1

    i tried the water bottle trick i faced it inside a bush (thats where the ones i get hang out) and the next morning, NOTHING i need these crickets so my pet frog wont die, he hasent ate in 2 weeks. plz help me as soon as possible. P.S i can hear them outside every night so i know there out there

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    Gelfling6alienruler11

    Reply 2 years ago

    Depends on what angle the bottle neck was.. Despite the untouched bottle in step 3, They CAN follow to the opening. But if they cannot climb to it, they stay inside. (too steep an incline, smooth wall.) If the neck of the bottle was facing downward, they simply crawl out after noshing the bait. if the neck opening was mid-air, (cut the top along the widest part, invert and insert the neck into the bottom piece), they cannot find it.. same way with a Carpenter Bee trap. they fal down through the small funnel in the center-top, but cannot fly back to get out of it.

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    Gelfling6

    2 years ago

    In step 3, the crickets aren't too dumb.. they Can find their way to the bottle neck, and climb out, though with some bottles, the neck is too steep an incline or too smooth, and they slide back in. Saw on Youtube, someone cut the bottle just below the neck, and inverted it into the bottom piece, then put a small piece of wood for the crickets to climb. result, they climb through the neck, but cannot reach it to get back out. Also, used small pieces of fruit allowed to spoil/rot a little as bait. (trying a cherry tomato I cut-up.) Trying to get a little 'Local Flavor' (pun) for a friend's Bearded Dragon. To the person who 6 yrs ago, worried about their frog dying, You CAN get live crickets & meal worms from the pet store, relatively cheap. wild crickets aren't the only source.

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    unclelar

    7 years ago on Introduction

    LinuxH4, I hate to burst your bubble,but yes it is a cricket. Just what do you think a cricket looks like?

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    ddf

    8 years ago on Introduction

    In the south, that is picture of a cricket. Below is a pic of a brown grasshopper: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grasshopper This is what a green grasshopper looks like: http://www.pbase.com/mplonsky/image/375088 We are surrounded by hay land and every summer are invaded by all of these plus, LOL. Crickets climbing the brick walls to get in the house singing and eating paper and fabric are one of my least favorite things. I am thinking of working out how to collect them for sale.

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    Shyrricsnoyes

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I find that they taste mildly chocolatey, actually (though not the least bit sweet) and the texture is not bad, although I always have this image of one of those huge back legs poking out from between my teeth when I'm finished

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    Phil B

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I grew up in Iowa. In the summertime when it was the season for harvesting oats crickets were everywhere. They easily got into the house. Sometimes you would put your shoe on and you could feel something squish under your foot. My mother hated crickets, even though it was a losing battle. But, the easy way to find them was with easy listening music. Wait until dark and then turn on some violins, especially Montovanni, and they would begin to sing along with gusto. When they did, they gave away their hiding places and we could kill them easily with a shoe in the hand.