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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
Re: Mount Problem...Help
Looks like it might be fur moths. The problem with them is they will even get into mounts that were commercially tanned by a reputable tanner, however they are more likley to get into stuff not tanned well, or plain raw furs. Like the native dermestids, you can't 100% prevent them, but it is advisable to not have any raw furs or improperly preserved animal parts during warm months. If you had a raw fur for instance hanging in the same room, the bugs will be attracted to that first, then move on to anything else they like nearby. The moths also attack feathers with equal glee.
Fur moths are quite small in size and are a tan/white color. It is actually their larvae that cause the damage. If you see clumps of grey to white tiny balls in the damaged area, this is from the fur moth larvae. If you see brown small fuzzy casing looking things, then the problem is dermestid larvae.
To kill anything on the mount, freeze the whole thing for a few days. Clean up everything around where the mount was and inspect any other mounts, furs, feathers, etc for similar damage.