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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!

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Just a Dream

My dream is to have a store front for Scovel Taxidermy. I picture a building in town on a major highway. The space will house a show room to display all our artwork proudly. There will be office space for me with a door! Currently I have a desk in my dining room. There would be a huge work room and a walk in freezer. Lots of lights and space to work. Outside of the building a large sign stating proudly that Scovel Taxidermy resides inside. Along with business hours posted on a door I can lock drive away from
Business hours, now this is a tough one for our line of work. We have to be flexible given the nature of our work. So we would still need to be available by appointment in addition to regular business hours. What I would be excited about is leaving work and coming [ ]

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Do it yourselvers

I’ve had two funny stories told to me this week about do it yourself taxidermy projects.

First Story:

Parents had bought this man a learn how to mount a Pheasant book and kit. He was super excited to try it out! He was thinking he could save money and have his bird mounted way faster than a taxidermist. Two days later he had his finished product. He describe to it as a interesting piece of art that maybe a kindergartener created! The legs were crooked and the bird wouldn’t stand up straight. He told me that we will gladly pay a taxidermist and wait patiently for the finished project for now on.

Second Story:

A young boy found a buck dead. The boy wanted to keep it in his house, but of coarse it was still quite smelly. Parents didn’t want to pay to have it preserved so ask for advice. I gave them [ ]

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My bug shed is NOT a hotel!!

My bug shed sometimes receives unwanted visitors. Currently knats/flys are trying to take up residency with my Dermestid beetles. Although they are not harmful to the dermestid, they do annoy them. I have taken away all food. I also have added fly strips and knat trap (pictured on the right). I’m guessing the knats are wanting in because of the lower temperatures outside. Inside the bug shed is a toasty 84 degrees and the menu is wild boar.

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High temp/low humidity

The change in the outdoor temperature recently keeps on me on high alert. My bugs prefer high temperature but low humidity. Just when I get the right balance inside the bug shed, the outside temps change. When the balnce is not correct my bugs risk getting mites or they’re not as hungary. The mites are an irritate for the beetles. When the beetles are irritated or cold they lose interest in doing their job……eating! When the temp is too high the beetles prefer to fly, harder for me to keep them contained. My goal daily is to keep my bug happy and healthy, which is not a easy job some days.

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