i scrub and disinfect the cricket cage once a week. i dump the living ones from the keeper into a small tupperware container, then rinse, dry, disinfect, wait ten minutes and rinse again and dry. i usually do this on days i'm picking up new crickets which makes it even easier.
Yes you have to clean them alot or else they will stink and die. That is why I hate keeping crickets as a staple. You should clean the bin at least once a week.
When I do keep a bunch of crickets, this is what I do:
- Used cardboard toilet paper rolls
- Extra plastic bin
- paper towels or an old towel
- Mild dish soap
Step 1) Take everything outside. Escaping crickets will not roam around the house. Instead they will be left to the birds.
Step 2) Shake the containers/hide boxes (ex. egg flats, cardboard, etc.) so that there are no crickets remaining on them. Then throw them away.
Step 3) Throw in a couple of the toilet paper rolls. Crickets will begin to climb on them.
Step 4) Pick up the toilet paper roll and shake off the crickets into the temporary bin. Continue this process until you get most of the crickets out.
Step 5) Try to catch the remaining crickets with your hands.
Step 6) Dump out all the dead crickets and poop.
Step 7) Wash out the cricket bin with a garden hose and scrub down with a little dish soap.
Step 8) Wash out and dry the bin with paper towels or an old towel.
Step 9) Throw crickets back in and you are set.