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Dermestid Beetles

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by skullman123, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. skullman123

    skullman123 New Member

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    whats the best way to insulate a dermestid beetle colony left outside so it doesn't get too warm/hot? I am not allowed to keep it inside due to smell.
     
  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

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  3. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    A lot will depend on what your containment is and what temperatures outside you are talking about. Keep it in the shade. Raised off the ground so there is airflow around it. If the colony is working, it still has to be just under 80 degrees for them to work well. This time of year most areas are dealing with cold temps and the issue is keeping the colony warm enough.
     
  4. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Consider an old chest freezer. They are easy to maintain the desired temperature because of their insulation and seal when closed. You will need to modify it for air circulation, dehumidification, and heat source. Several design examples are archived on this site
     
  5. skullman123

    skullman123 New Member

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    what about preventing cold tempatures?
     
  6. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    There are a lot of posts on here, many with pictures, that show setups that others have made. What they use for air circulation and heat are discussed in depth. Mouse over where it says Search above and choose the Advanced Search. Select only the Skulls and Skeletons forum and use good search terms. Make a pot of your preferred beverage and start reading. There is a lot of information on here.