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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
Re: Taxidermy Tip
One thing to keep in mind is that raw parts are the first thing to attract the bugs, then they move onto other stuff. Do not do do-it-yourself turkey tails and stick antlers with the skin dried to the skullplate, in your home.
With the bird tails, esp turkeys, there is a bunch of meat and fat that must be completely removed, then borax should be liberally applied. Remove the skin from antler plates and clean the membranes and whatnot as well.
Do not hang raw furs anywhere- get them tanned. If you use dried peices of deer and furs, including dried deer tails, for fly tying, I suggest you keep these parts frozen in the warm months and remove only to take off what you need to work with at the time. Any home cleaned skulls should be fully clean, or native dermestids will come in and finish them for you LOL, then look for other things to nibble on.
Keep pet food cleaned up and keep the fresh stuff in containers. If you notice bugs in the containers, toss them in the garbage or freeze the food. Dermestids do eat pet food.
If you find a mount that has bugs on it, freezing the whole thing for a week will do wonders. Then clean off every buggy looking thing you see and do so outdoors.
Dermestids also will eat at horns ( but not antlers, but watch any that are in velvet).
Fur moths can be repelled with cedar blocks infused with cedar oil, and you can buy moth repelling and killing packets that are scented in cedar or lilac. Moth balls are stinky, so these are napthaline with a nice scent so you don't gag. Use these packets in a sealed contractor bag for larger mounts that don't fit in a freezer. These packets will not kill dermestids though.