Kodiak Bones & Bugs Taxidermy

Specializing in quality dermestid beetles

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Everything You Want to Know About Cleaning a Bear Skull

You have your bear hunt schedule and are looking forward to bagging your prize bear or at least a very large one. After your bear hunt and bagging your game, you will definitely want to keep the black bear skull, Kodiak bear skull, or another bear skull as a trophy to show off to friends and family.

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Everything You Want to Know About Flesh-Eating Dermestid Beetles

The mention of flesh-eating Dermestid beetles can have people screaming for their lives and running for the hills. They automatically assume these beetles will feast on living flesh and quickly devour a person. Fortunately, this is just a big myth propagated by horror movies and other such myths.

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How to Build Your Own Dermestid Beetle Colony for DIY Taxidermy

Keeping trophies from your game hunting is something most hunters enjoy doing. Some hunters get the full taxidermy treatment and have hides and heads preserved with an authentic-looking mount.

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Skull Cleaning 101: Is a Skull Mount Right for Me?

Most hunters have prized trophies they want to give the full taxidermy treatment and preserve. For other game, skull cleaning and creating a skull mount provides another option for creating a stunning mount. The process to create a skull mount is not that difficult when using the best method, which is using dermestid beetles.

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Which Dermestid Beetles Are the Right Ones to Purchase?

Take care of your beetle colony, and they will eat meat down to the bone. It sounds simple, but the truth is, some beetles are better than others. When it comes to taxidermy, dermestid beetles are the preferred choice, but did you know there are different types?

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How to Make the Best Dermestid Beetle Enclosure

Whether you’re a taxidermist who needs clean skulls, a hunter looking for a fresh trophy, or an artist or museum curator, dermestid beetles are efficient and thorough. These beetles used for taxidermy clean skulls and prevent damage from boiling or chemicals. You’ll need anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of beetles. To maintain a large colony, you need the conditions for beetles to thrive throughout their life cycle.

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How Do You Care for Dermestid Beetles?

Dermestid beetles are often used in taxidermy, as their larvae are efficient scavengers that feed on dead tissue until there’s nothing left but bone. Yet buying bugs for sale and letting these critters run free isn’t going to yield the desired results. Colonies need proper care to thrive. You’ll need a minimum of 300 beetles to get started, and 1,000 to 5,000 to achieve skull cleaning for specimens such as deer or bear.1

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How Many Beetles Do I Need for Skull Cleaning?

Flesh-eating beetles, or dermestids, are harmless creatures that eat flesh off animal carcasses, including those of humans. The larvae of dermestid beetles feed continuously until all that’s left is bone. This process is known as skeletonization and is often used by taxidermists, museum curators, and law enforcement to aid forensic work—the bugs can clear bones of flesh to expose evidence, which can be destroyed by harsh chemicals. Better yet, you can find bugs for sale via providers such as Kodiak Bones & Bugs Taxidermy!

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Why Use Dermestid Beetles

Taxidermists have a few options when it comes to preserving the bones of animal specimens. A few can be rather harsh, such as chemical treatments (i.e., tanning) and boiling, but skeletonization can be achieved in an easier, more natural way—with dermestid beetles.

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What Is Skull Cleaning?

Skull cleaning is a process in which the skull of a hunted or trapped animal, or one that has expired due to natural causes, is prepared for display. It is an important step in taxidermy. However, it can be time-consuming, messy, and unpleasant, depending on the method used. Some insects naturally eat the flesh of dead animals, simplifying the process. They can be easily acquired by ordering bugs for sale at Kodiak Bones & Bugs Taxidermy.

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