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What species of cricket are you trying to raise? If its the typical brown house cricket (Acheta domesticus) and the crickets are dying before they become adults then your probably dealing with Acheta domesticus densovirus. It kills over 95% of the infected crickets. If your containers or the source of the crickets (like a pet store bin) had been previously exposed then that could be the source of the infection.

As noted above the maggots are most likely to be phorid flies growing in the carcasses of the dead crickets. You can help prevent them from establishing in the cultures by using a finer mesh screen on the containers and making sure that the lids meet tightly enough to exclude them.

You can try an alternate cricket that isn't susceptiable to the virus like the banded cricket (Gryllodes sigillatus) which is available from some dealers.

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