Dermestid Beetles Care

Dermestid Beetles Care

Dermestid Beetles Care Of Colony


Dermestid Beetles Care Sheet   

When You Buy Dermestid Beetles & Larvae, They  Work To Clean Flesh From Skulls & Animal Bones & are desired for Taxidermy Purposes. Your Dermestid Beetle Larvae are busy feeding on the flesh and hide as well as internal organs.  

Buy Dermestids To Work at Cleaning until the Skull or Bones are completely bare.    Adult Beetles eat less but reproduce.   Our Dermestid Beetles are Working Now at top universities,  laboratories, museums and for taxidermy businesses and enthusiasts.

Dermestid Beetles Care Sheet
Dermestid Beetles Care Home: Beetles are currently shipping and arriving quickly. The Dermestid Colonies You Buy Include a good mixture of Adult Beetles and Larvae.   Your Dermestid Colony comes with bedding material that has within it the frass material, uncountable eggs and tiny larvae that begin to mature by 30 days or so.  House your Dermestid Beetles in a “Rubbermaid” type bin or tub.
First, Choose a bin that will match the size of your beetle colony that you would like to have.   Dermestid Beetles are not climbers.  They can’t fly at all  (temperatures below 80 F). While having wings they will remain where they are. 
Next, Add Air holes and screening.  Just cut out a hole in the lid and cover it with mesh material or screening.

Dermestid Beetles Care

Bedding: A few inches of substrate is used such as Wood shavings or Shredded Paper material, A Good Bedding Substrate For Dermestid Beetles is our Wood Mulch material (Do not use Cedar) Use a few inches.  The beetles feel comfortable In the right wood shavings.  Our bedding is good for laying eggs in.
Egg cartons, foam pieces, and mattress stuffing material work good for pupating larvae and will help frass material build up and insulate the colony.

Cleaning With Dermestid Beetles Care Sheet

Dermestid Beetles Care: Required Temperature: The required temperature for Dermestid Flesh Eating Beetles Care is 72-80F they can live in temperatures that are cooler but will not multiply as rapidly. 
Use a heat mat.  Place the heat mat at a location that creates a gradient.  Leave one side cooler.  The Beetles will not overheat.   Beetles may be able to fly at or above 80 F though this will be easily contained.
Dermestid Beetles Care: Food Your Beetles will  be fed by you for 30-60 days before they are able to tackle projects like Cleaning Skulls or taxidermy projects.  Animal material should be given daily that can be consumed within 24 hours.
 Do not overfeed it is important to only feed what can be consumed in 24 hours and adjust as they multiply.  As this is done over time the colony will develop into a voracious eating colony  
In Off season Keep the Beetles Alive by feeding some dry kibble or cow ears.  Dermestid beetles will consume some moist meaty flesh also but prefer it a bit dry and jerky like.

Dermestid Beetles Care Water Source:

Some water is needed from time to time, however your bins should never remain wet or moist for more than 24 hours. With a spray bottle spray the substrate  every few days taking care to not use too much as water will attract mites   Sprayed water should be dry within 24 hours. 
Use Water Gel Crystals for Dermestids.  Water Crystals are better than other water sources. With water Gel there is less chance of drowning or attracting mites.  Buy Water Crystal Gel Here

Dermestid Beetle Colony Care Sheet

Birth Cycles: Dermestid Beetles & Larvae That Work To Clean Skulls will breed the whole year given the right conditions, mainly warmth and regular feedings. With proper feedings, dry bedding and heat your beetle colony will keep growing.  
Females will lay hundreds of eggs in the bedding substrate and also around the feeding area.  The Eggs are Microscopic. Consequently You will most likely not be able to see the eggsy. Small larvae hatch and begin feeding soon after.
Dermestid larvae eat the most flesh.  As the larvae grow they will shed their exoskeletons. Dermestid larvae pupate after reaching 10mm. They will remain within the bedding material and come out as food is provided.

Dermestid Beetles Care Sheet

Lifespan: About 60-70 days. (They can complete their life-cycle in 5-7 weeks at temperatures above 78° F)
Each female dermestid beetle can lay hundreds of eggs. Remember Dermestid Beetles Lay Eggs near food sources.

Dermestid Beetles Care

Prepare Dermestid Beetlesfor large Skull Cleaning projects. 

Feed for 30-60 days.  Give smaller projects. Dermestid Beetles Care works better like this.  Build up to a large skull cleaning project. This prepares the colony to Work most effectively for you. 
Purchase The Right Amount off Beetles.  This ensures that you will get the right amount to build up to Work to do the job intended.
For instance 
To Clean a Rabbit Skull with Dermestid Beetles requires 4000 Beetles to effectively clean it. 
Cleaning a Fox or Beaver Skull will take 8-9,000 Beetles to clean it. 
To Clean a Deer Skull will need 25-30,000 Beetles 
Cleaning a Bear Skull will need 45-55,000 Beetles 
Customers Can Buy The Proper Amount of Beetles By Using The Guide Above.  Most Importantly Purchase The Right amount of Dermestid Beetles.
Leaving Too much meat Kills Beetle Colonies. Meat Should Be Fresh From The Freezer To Kill Any Pest Eggs. Rotting or molding may kill your Colony.  Remove the eyes, brains and skin and as much meat as possible with a knife before giving to beetles. Purchase The Right amount of beetles. 

First time customers Please Note, 

Adult Dermestid Beetles Work at producing babies and concentrate on little else besides breeding and laying eggs.  The experienced hunter and taxidermist realizes that the Dermestid Beetle Colony Larvae Work consuming the most flesh/meat from a carcass.  

Due to the Lifecycles of Dermestid Beetles you will have as many as 25-50 times as many Dermestid Larvae at any time than adult Dermestid Beetles.  This is perfectly normal.  Our beetles are fed on a diet that consists of slightly dried to dried meat (Think slightly freezer burned rather than jerky) 

Our Dermestid Beetles are Eating Prime Flesh.  Due to sanitary and shipping reasons our beetles are fed a dry diet consisting of dog food or cow ears ( Powdery substance in frass.) for a week or two before being shipped to you.  The juvenile larvae will consume this material for several weeks and during shipment.

Dermestid Beetles Care: Getting the Dermestid Colony Hot It may take up to 30 days of feeding slightly dry meat to get them used to meat again.  Feeding This Way Gets The Dermestid Colony “Hot”

When First Starting Your Dermestid Beetles & Larvae

Above all, Dermestid Beetles Care is easy.  Customers can offer flesh on a regular basis. Smart Colony Owners Feed the amount of meat that the beetles easily eat in 24 hours. Slowly increase this over the course of 30-60 days before giving larger amounts or a carcass to Work with.  

Lastly, when not feeding flesh the beetles may go on a maintenance diet consisting of some flesh interspersed with feeding dry dog food or beef/pig ears.

Dermestid Beetles Care