We Use Dermestid Beetles

Dermestid Beetles

Why we use beetles on almost all mounts.

  • Skulls that have been boiled tend to return to a yellow tent or color later in its wall life due to boiling fats into the bones instead of expelling them.
  • Boiling can shrink your skull by as much as 1/3 inch resulting in a decreased rack measurement/skull measurement.
  • Boiling can shrink other bones causing cracks now or later. I have seen the nasal bone crack all the way between the rack/skull plate.
  • Placing the rack in the ground exposes the bones to other sources of deterioration that our controlled environments do not allow.
  • Our process takes your bones straight from these fast meat-eaters, to sealed in a matter of weeks.
  • Our process cleans the bones, pushes out the oil, locks moisture out, and seals the bones so no future damage should happen!
  • Usually we boil dead heads to ensure our beetles stay healthy and clear of parasites. Think about all the random pests, mites, and other insects that are in deadheads. We do not want those "Others" getting a free ride in our environmentally controlled habitats. With the number of beetles we run all season; it would take 6 months to a year to get our beetle base back up to those numbers. Why risk it?

Dermestid Beetle

Dermestid Beetle

Dermestid Larvae

Dermestid Larvae

Dermestid Beetle's at Work

Dermestid Beetle's at Work

Dermestid Beetle life cycle