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How do I euthanise crickets?

First of all, don't release them into the environment without checking with your local authorities whether it's okay to do so. Chances are that the captive crickets you have bought are not local to ...
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Is there a pet which eats flies

My answer's going to be the same as one I've previously given. I would avoid getting an animal and expect it to take care of any insect problems. If the flies can get in, the animal that's going to ...
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What animal can be kept in a tank just under 3 gallons?

It is very hard to get a small tank to be in biological balance and to keep the water quality good, so I suggest you use this tank only for treating your fish with medication. This can be helpful if ...
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Do ants mourn their dead?

This is an interesting question, and more complicated than you might think. Ants (at least some species of them) move the bodies of their dead comrades to a rubbish pile away from the mound. I think ...
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How I can recognize a queen ant?

Just so we're clear, it is both illegal to import live queen ants into the United States and illegal to transport live queen ants across state borders. And more importantly, it is simply a bad idea ...
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How do I euthanise crickets?

Inert gas asphyxiation may be effectively painless, and certainly more humane than death by extreme temperature. Here is an article describing a study done on the effects of nitrogen gas on kittens ...
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Where can I safely store a mantis egg sack until spring outside?

There are several different species of Mantis, many do not survive the winter cold. Laid eggs that need to survive the winter should be kept from freezing. It may take several months for the eggs to ...
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Do Mosquitoes bite cats/kittens?

Do Mosquitoes Attack Animals? Absolutely! Is My Pet In Danger? Yes and no - a common and not so common (location dependent) disease that is transmitted to cats and dogs is heartworm disease. ...
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What animal can be kept in a tank just under 3 gallons?

No fish should be in a 3 gallons aquarium. Please at all cost, do not put a betta in there. Neons, guppies and other fishes that have been (suprisingly) suggested in other answers can not live in 3 ...
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What animal can be kept in a tank just under 3 gallons?

In a 3 gallon tank you can't keep much in the way of fish. Some people accept the idea of keeping a single betta in such small space, and while they can survive in extremely limited space, it is not ...
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My praying mantis pet is not eating and has 2 black lines on it's abdomen

It's possible that it's getting ready to molt. A praying mantis won’t eat a few days before it will shed its skin (molt). This is normal. After molting it will start to eat again. When a praying ...
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How can I free feed a cat without feeding the ants?

tl;dr- Get a moat that goes around the food. Ants usually won't go through water. One simple approach is to put a plate underneath the food bowl, then some water on the plate. Put a moat around the ...
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My praying mantis won’t molt? It’s been 3 months?

It might be a little late now, but just for future reference if you plan on keeping mantises: never ever feed them cat food. They eat live insects like flies (fruit flies, green bottle flies, blue ...
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My praying mantis won’t molt? It’s been 3 months?

This is normal, just keep feeding her. My spiny flower mantis hasn't molted for about four to five weeks (usually it's about every two) she will molt on her own time. If you want to, you can feed her ...
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Do Mosquitoes bite cats/kittens?

While there are certainly mosquito-borne diseases that affect cats (perhaps most notably, as Rebecca has discussed, heartworm disease), a more common problem (or at least a more commonly-recognized ...
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My praying mantis pet is not eating and has 2 black lines on it's abdomen

This happened to my mantis a while ago and since she was an adult I was worried as they no longer molt when they have their wings. After a short wait mine laid an ootheca, so I would expect yours to ...
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Is there a pet which eats flies

Absolutely, get a pet 'Venus Flytrap'. Venus Flytraps grow in wild in my state, so I just leave mine outside during the summer and winterize them as they need the cool down period, but from what I ...
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Is there a pet which eats flies

If you're looking for a pet, I would probably suggest guinea fowl. They eat insects and rodents and don't really require much to take care of other than making sure they have water. The downside ...
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Do ants mourn their dead?

Some ants kept in captivity will actually have a "graveyard" site. This is a site where they will dispose of their dead separate from their actual garbage site. I don't personally own an ant colony ...
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Camponotus queen ant eggs turning brown

Without seeing photos I suspect the reason they're turning brown is the eggs which start start out very small and white have progressed to the pupa stage and what you are seeing are cocoons rather ...
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Caterpillar has stopped eating - what can be done?

Is this something you have done before? I’m guessing you initially found eggs on the leaves of a plant such as Milkweed. If you have done this before, did you place a stick across the container so ...
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What to feed newborn wheel bugs

If you simply leave some fruit leftovers in a spot in your home in a bug container, they will come. I have done it for baby lizards using tomato and orange rinds. I never had a problem with those ...
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What to feed newborn wheel bugs

According to Wikipedia Wheel bugs may be overly sensitive to pesticides Wheel bugs are highly regarded by organic gardeners because they consume a variety of insects and their presence indicates a ...
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Caterpillar stopped eating

When a caterpillar stops eating it could mean it is either sick or pupating. You should not handle them at this time and should remove any dead ones asap. Sadly, it could mean the caterpillar will die ...
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What would I need in order to breed superworms?

Breeding superworms is relatively easy but nevertheless takes time and patience. Superworms have 4 stages of life: eggs, larva, pupa, then beetle. The insect will only reproduce when it's a beetle. It'...
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How do I keep my supply of feeder crickets from keeping me awake at night?

It's simple to reduce the singing of the crickets. You can either buy smaller or non-adult crickets, or turn a light fixture on them as if it were daylight. By the way, the males are the only ones ...
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How do I keep my supply of feeder crickets from keeping me awake at night?

The colder they are the less they chirp. I put my aquarium with 50+ crickets by the window at night and they are ten times more quiet.
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