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Preventing deaths

Are there any general methods to minimize the risk of killing an arthropod from poor husbandry when biology of the species is not well known?

I know that offering a variety of foods, moisture/heat gradients, and extrapolating from more well-known relatives are good ideas, but are they the only ones?

Be careful how containers are cleaned
I experienced (for the first time in 9 years of rearing tree crickets) a large number of nymph deaths and failure to thrive. Some I managed to release back outdoors before they expired.

This past season I used a 'natural' soap to clean containers (Mrs. Meyer's). Apparently a lot of its 'natural' ingredients are lethal for insects (i.e. citrus oils and laurel sulfate).

Previous years I had always used a few drops of inexpensive dish soap and lots of hot water, and never had any problems.

Hadn’t heard this one before.

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