You could be killing your trophy again!
Without proper care you can be causing the demise of your mount quicker than you think. By neglect or maybe with too much attention your mount's life could be getting shorter, not longer. Learn the 5 other ways you could be harming your mounts in my book on Amazon.com called What is that sawdust doing under my mounts? Why is the hair falling off my mount??
That sawdust is bug dirt. They have been feeding on your mount and creating damage. The first place to check on your mount is around the horns or antlers. On cats and bears, look at their feet. The enemy is called a Dermestid, which is the larvae stage of some 700 different beetles. This is what the Wikipedia has to say about them...From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Dermestid Beetles
Dermestidae are a family of Coleoptera that are commonly referred to as skin beetles. Other common names include Larder beetle, Hide or Leather beetles, Carpet beetles, and Khapra beetles. There are approximately 500 to 700 species worldwide. They can range in size from 1–12 mm…
Dermestids have a variety of habits; most generally are scavengers that feed on dry animal or plant material such as skin or pollen, animal hair, feathers, dead insects and natural fibers. Members of Dermestids are found in animal carcasses, while others may be found in mammal, bird, bee, or wasp nests. These beetles are significant in forensic entomology. Some species are known to be associated with decaying carcasses which help with criminal investigations. Some species are pests (urban entomology) and can cause extensive damage to natural fibers in homes and businesses. They are used in taxidermy and natural history museums to clean animal skeletons.
One thing not mentioned in the book but has come to my attention is dirt in a clean room. I have seen some of the fanciest trophy collections in gorgeous rooms that are clean.
But I can find spots in those rooms that are feeding grounds for harmful bugs. These bugs love protein and any collection of dead bugs, spiders, or dirt are a breeding ground for these harmful bugs.These areas are neglected by most home owners and house keepers, cleaners, and maids.
From the floor the room looks clean, but climb a ladder and look around. This spot could have been neglected since the house was built, or maybe yours gets cleaned with a thorough Spring cleaning. Check out your own house and the area I'm talking about is on top of the molding at your doors and windows. Get your vacuum out and suck these areas off and then wipe them down. The accumulation of dead stuff is a snack bar for the same bugs that will eat your mounts.
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