The Dermestes beetle species feed on dried flesh, and they’re very effective skull cleaners. Dermestes kits can be purchased online, and the start-up cost is affordable. This is a good idea if you plan on cleaning lots of skulls. You can also make money cleaning skulls for other people who don’t want to deal with the mess or don’t have time.
If you don’t want to spend money on beetles, enough adult beetles to start a colony can be collected from decaying vertebrate carcasses that have been outdoors for a few days.
The major advantages of the bug-box method are that the teeth remain in their sockets and skulls usually aren’t damaged. The disadvantage is the time required to complete the process.
(opposite) Buyers use skulls for various purposes, such as décor for lodges, resorts and offices.