Dermestid beetles are a specialized species of beetle that eats only animal flesh. Dermestid beetles are the longstanding preferred method of preparing skulls, used by many museum and university collections around the world. Preparing skulls with Dermestid beetles has several advantages over other methods, such as boiling or composting.
Your trophy will have absolutely no unpleasant smell, because all traces of meat are removed, and no emulsified fats are impregnated into the bone. Cleaning with beetles does not allow bone structures or suture lines to be unnaturally weakened, or teeth loosened or subject to cracking. Boiling also has been shown to shrink skulls!
If you want a high quality trophy, consider having your trophy prepared by our Dermestid beetles.
My name is Gabe Piselli, and I am the proud owner and operator of Euro Skull Mount LLC. I started this business because of my passion for whitetail and predator hunting. In 2006, I learned how to skin and tan predator hides for myself and close hunting buddies. A year later I purchased my first colony of dermestid beetles to begin cleaning skulls again for myself and close friends. The word quickly spread that I was now doing European mounts, and from that Euro Skull Mount LLC was born.
As the skull business began to thrive, camo dipping of European mounts was growing popular. Feeling the need to be a full service skull cleaning business, I wanted to offer hydrographics to my customers. In May of 2014, I traveled to Arkansas and became a certified hydrographic installer. I was trained by one of the premier companies in the country.
I personally handle every trophy that comes in. From a youth hunter’s first antlerless whitetail to a moose from New Foundland, I prepare every trophy and oversee the cleaning, degreasing, whitening and camo dip if chosen. I currently have three colonies of beetles. Lead time on most whitetail is under three months. We do not boil or bleach any skulls.
We look forward to customizing your skulls, rifle stocks, car, truck, and motorcycle parts. From one hunter to another I will care for trophy as if it were my own.
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