The beetles we use to clean skulls are called dermestid or carpet beetles. Beetle cleaning is by far the best method of removing flesh from skulls and is the preferred method by museums around the world!! There is no damage to the skulls from the beetles as there is with skulls that have been cleaned by boiling, especially the delicate nasal membranes and bone structure. |
The beetle colony once well established can clean a deer size skull in as little as 36 hours!!! After the flesh is removed the skull must the be degreased, whitened and sealed for a beautiful long lasting trophy!!!
The beetles under go complete metamorphosis; that is egg, larval, pupal, & adult stages. The complete life cycle lasts about 45 days per generation. Adults lay eggs that are too small to be seen with the naked eye.
A few days' later larvae hatch out and begin looking for their first meal. The larvae continue eating and molting 8 times before they reach about 3/4 of an inch in length. This growing/molting lasts around 30 days. It is the larvae that do the majority of the cleaning. The large larvae then find a quite spot and pupate. As they pupate their last outer larvae skin falls off leaving them somewhat yellow in appearance. Seven days later out comes an adult and they begin laying 4-5 eggs a day and the process begins again.
Dermestid beetles can be very destructive if they escape! They will destroy head mounts, clothing, carpet, and other material of organic nature. They are even capable of eating wood and linoleum. They will not eat metal, glass, hard plastic, or plexiglass.
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Beetle Cleaning Price:
- Fox & Raccoon - $35.00
- Bobcat, Lynx, Coyote, Badger & Wolverine - $45.00
- Dear, Antelope, Wolf, Mtn. Lion & Black Bear - $110.00
- Elk, Wild Boar, Caribou, Grizzly, Brown Bear, Sheep, & Mtn. Goat - $150.00
- Moose, Buffalo, Cattle - $225.00
All Prices include beetle cleaning, degreasing, and whitening.
If you are Interested in having skull cleaning done and the price is not listed above contact us for a price quote.
- Lower Jaw - $10.00
- Clear Coat - $5.00
- 3 Piece Wall Plaque for Deer Size Animals & mounting - $65.00
- Wall Plaque for Large Size Animals & Mounting - $90.00
All orders will be completed with in 90 days of receiving shipment if you need a order rushed please let us know.
No deposit is required when sending skulls to be processed. Upon completion of your skull(s), you will be contacted and your skull(s) will be shipped upon receipt of payment.
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