Dermestid Beetles For Skulls Cleaning
|Don’t risk boiling your trophy skull, do a safe beetle skull cleaning process!
Skull cleaning with flesh eating beetles is a classic and preferred method used to preserve skulls by museum curators for over 100 years. This method guarantees the cleanest and best results in comparison with other methods, such as boiling. Dermestids or museum beetles are a group of small meat-eating beetles whose larvae do a fabulous job of stripping tissue from even the most delicate of bones. Your trophy will have no unpleasant odors whatsoever as all traces of meat are removed, thanks to our skull cleaning service with beetles.
When you clean skulls with beetles, the bone structures or suture lines are not unnaturally weakened, neither are the teeth subject to cracking. Boiling is known to shrink skulls and leave the bones yellow.
This flesh-eating beetle belongs to the family Dermestidae. They feed on dry-moist animal material and the larva does much of the cleaning of the bones. We have many beetle colonies healthy and hungry waiting for your skull!
If you want a superior trophy, consider having your trophy animal skulls prepared by Dermestid beetles.
Adult and larval dermestid beetles. The larva is the worker; the adult’s role is to produce more larvae.
Tips to breed a beetle colony for skull cleaning:
- Room Temperature is ideal for beetles
- Favorite dish: Fresh dried meat the consistency of jerky.
- Dermestids cannot fly at temperatures below 80 degrees
- Avoid wet meat
- A strong colony( above 1000) will clean a deer skull in about 5 days.
- Museum mites are the enemies of beetles
- Dermestids thrive only on fresh meat.
- Water them using a spray bottle
- The best enclosure for beetles is a small (10-gallon) aquarium, with a screened top.
How do I count my beetles?
You can put a piece of bologna on a potato masher and place in a tank. When the bologna is covered, pull it out and dump into container. Usually you get approximately 500 flesh eating beetles for each dump.