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Location: OlyWa
Joined: 04/27/2005
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Dermestid Beatles

Is there anyone in Washington that cleans skulls with dermestid beatles?
Any leads would be great.

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Location: Olympia, WA
Joined: 04/09/2005
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skull cleaning

Try the old plastic bag with a few holes in it trick. Nasty, maggots work it over then, wash it off with a hose, and bag again for another session. Also, another trick is to hang in a tree for the winter, bugs and birds....

But with the mass wasting disease threat, you probably do not want to hang a Muley head in western washington, or a blacktail in the east?

Iv'e thought of giving the head a dunk in boiling water to hurry things up, but haventy tried this yet, not sure what impact on the bone structure....

Best skulls I have, I have found. Nothing works as good as ol' mother nature, bugs, birds, and the sun shining down.

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Location: OlyWa
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Dermestid Beatles

We bought beatles.

Boiling works, but you can over do it. This can stain the skull and weaken it as well as shrink it.

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Location: Montana
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Dermestid Beatles

I have boiled dozens of skulls,deer,elk,antelope,bear,lion,ect ect never damged any of them just keep an eye on them and keep the horns out of the water so they wont be discolered.

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Location: Olympia, WA
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Dermestid Beatles

Just checked on a skull I had buried in my yard. Almost done. Just a few " cling ons". I think I will give it another week, and then start sun bleaching it. Anyone tried any bleach solution to hurry the whitening process?

Thanks.

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Location: Olympia, WA
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Dermestid Beatles

I heard you can use a solution of water and 70% hydrogen peroxide to whiten skulls.

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Location: Olympia, WA
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Hydrogen peroxide

Thanks for the tip on the Hydrogen peroxide, I will give it a try!

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Location: Montana
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Dermestid Beatles

yeah Hydrogen peroxide is what we use on all of our stuff after we boil it. and we have only messed up on one because the pot ran out of water and the skull cought on fire but we put it out. so we just cut off the horns off the head.
but thats one out of alot.

Predatorhunter Big smile

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Location: Olympia, WA
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Dermestid Beatles

Thanks guys, I just bought a jug of peroxide for cheap at WallyWorld. I will give it a try and let you know how it turns out.

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Location: Olympia, WA
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Need peroxide tips

OK, just dug up the buck skull. No more clingons...Ready to whiten...

What mix should I use with the peroxide? Brush it on, wait and rinse it off? What is the plan? Any tips you can give would be great, thanks!

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Dermestid Beetles in Olympia WA

Am looking for some beetles in Olympia. Need help quick, the air isn't getting any cleaner here.