Dermestid Beetles have a wide variety of uses. Dermestid Beetles like to feed on dry or moist animal material. This includes animal carcasses and waste. They are used to clean the meat from animal skulls, like those of deer and bears. They are also used to help keep the enclosures of other feeder insects, like crickets and roaches, clean.
We include a variety of sizes in one package (pupa, larvae, and full grown beetles) because you need all sizes to begin and sustain a colony. If you are using them to keep your cricket container clean, you may only need a few hundred. If you are wanting to clean animal skulls, you are going to need thousands.
**We do not recommend feeding these to your animals, as the shells may be too hard for some animals.**
We include potatoes so the beetles have a source of food and water. We also include heatpacks, when necessary.
We ship our products using USPS Mail, unless otherwise specified on the product page. USPS Mail usually delivers in two to three business days, but may sometimes take slightly longer. We do not guarantee shipping time. Orders placed Monday – Wednesday by 9:00 AM Eastern time will be shipped the same day. Orders placed after 9:00 AM Eastern time will be shipped the next business day. Orders placed after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday will be shipped on Monday. We do this because we do not want beetles in the mail over the weekend. Beetles in the mail over the weekend are more likely to arrive to you dead. You can find out more about our shipping policy by clicking here.
We also offer a 72 hour live delivery guarantee. You can find out more about our live delivery guarantee by clicking here. Please take special note that we DO NOT guarantee live delivery when the overnight low temperature in Atlanta or the final destination is below 25 degrees Fahrenheit. You may select to have them shipped without the live delivery guarantee or held for up to seven days from the original ship date to see if conditions improve.
We do not accept returns on beetles.