The Bassett Cricket Ranch Story

Not every family cultivates crickets in their house on purpose.

In a stroke of luck for reptile enthusiasts all over the country, Dale and Dorothy Bassett, along with their two sons, Russ and Jon, are such a family.

Dale and Dorothy started growing a few crickets for fish bait and the occasional pet store pickup in 1969. Keeping reptiles as pets experienced a surge in popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and Bassett’s Cricket Ranch took off, riding the tide, growing feeder crickets for reptiles. Today, the Bassett operation produces more than three million crickets each week, primarily for the pet industry. The facility boast 48,000 square feet of environmentally controlled buildings and warehouses. We’ve come a long way from our small family operation of the 1960s.

Today, Russ Bassett manages the operation as President and CEO, with Jon Bassett as Vice President and Production Manager, and Dale and Dorothy filling in various roles in the day-to-day operation. Bassett’s Cricket Ranch is proud to have 21 employees who cultivate crickets and mealworms and complete all packaging and shipping. Our customer service team is ready to answer your questions, process your order, and ship to you today* or next day.

We look forward to fulfilling your live food needs anywhere in the world.

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