A Dermestid's Work Never Ends
The News & Observer is running an article on the use of Dermestid beetles to create European mounts. With European mounts costing far less than a traditional mount, Dermestids have grown in popularity over the last few years.
A beetle lives about 30 days, Allen Edberg says, laying eggs every two to four days. The beetles can clean up a deer skull in about a day and a half, Edberg says. He finishes it by applying a paste of hydrogen peroxide. He charges $55 for a European mount. The average price of a shoulder mount is about $525, said Randy Bowe of Bowe Taxidermy in Duluth.