Bug only please!

We clean skulls using beetles. We are quite fond of our friends and work HARD to maintain them. The amount of time and money we put into bugs is a story in itself. We offer a full service beetle clean skull to our customers. Full service means; prepped, bugged, degreased and whitened. What you take home is a sanitized museum quality skull mount. You can display anywhere in your home.

We have been getting calls from let’s call them “Do it yourselfers” or DIY recently. All they want us to do is bug them. Sounds simple right? Most of the time what they bring me is a dried up or a smelly mess. I then have to prepare this mess for my precious bugs. Our bugs prefer fresh food not jerky, and they prefer not to share food with maggots. By this time I wished I had told them no!

The other problem is the skull they take home is only 1/3 done. They may or may not then try to “whiten” it themselves or call it good as is. What they have is a un-sanitized, greasy, soon to be moldy, gray colored skull not fit to be in the house. When someone asks who did your skull of coarse they will say “Scovel Taxidermy”! Now our name is tried to a skull way below our quality standards.

Currently we DO NOT offer bugged only skulls unless the DIY fully understands what they are getting into and bringing home. It’s not a huge inconvenience to us and our bugs are kept fed if the the skull is in good shape, but what about our name?

What would you do?

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