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Jewls
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« on: February 20, 2013, 09:44:52 PM »

I have a deer mount that is loosing its hair
in spots The mount is at least 10 years old
heard it could have a bug on it I do not
see anything like bugs on it
I have several other mounts in my home
And do not see any problems with them
Anyone heard of this
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013, 10:13:43 PM »

Hi Jewl, Welcome to the board.
Yes, it could be bugs. Look for small larvae the size of rice in sharp corners, ears, nose and creases. If you find bugs, put the mount in a plastic bag then take it outside and spray the heck out of it with a good insecticide. Seal the bag and let it sit a day or two.......Regards, John
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Jewls
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2013, 10:20:42 PM »

An over the counter insecticide? Liquid, power does that matter
And should I do this to all mounts  or just the one I see with the
Hair loss
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socalmountainman
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2013, 10:26:03 PM »

Dermestid beetles! And the ones eating your mount are the tiny ones, about one millimeter. Actually it's the grubs doing it but that what it is.  Do what Warbird says and that will take care of it.  Just use some Raid spray. Joe
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2013, 10:29:52 PM »

You have BIG problems. You have dermistids or "carpet mites". They're INSIDE the mounts eating the hair follicles. Take ALL your mounts and bag them. Go to Lowes and buy a gallon of HotShot Bedbug &Flea sorry. Spray ALL your mounts heavile and tie off the bag. Let them set for 2-3 days. Let them dry out before hanging them. Re-treat every year.
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Jewls
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2013, 10:37:36 PM »

What causes this to happen?
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George Roof
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2013, 07:01:26 AM »

What causes bugs to exist??? Even the cleanest of homes have "dust mites". All it takes is one hungry female looking for protein to get into your mount. It then becomes a nest for millions of the to breed and spread to your other mounts.  I try to treat my mounts at least once a year. We didn't have this problem back when arsenic and endolen U were legal.
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HAPP Mark S.
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2013, 08:57:38 AM »

What causes bugs to exist??? Even the cleanest of homes have "dust mites". All it takes is one hungry female looking for protein to get into your mount. It then becomes a nest for millions of the to breed and spread to your other mounts.  I try to treat my mounts at least once a year. We didn't have this problem back when arsenic and endolen U were legal.




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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2013, 02:40:34 PM »

After treating it, it is possible to repair some hair loss damage.
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HAPP Mark S.
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2013, 03:31:50 PM »

Just about any thing is repairable, but the question is, "is it worth it?"
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