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I have ten cow skulls that I purchased and they began to have piles of 'dust' accumulate underneath them. I attached zip lock bags to them and found these skulls have tiny worm like things coming out of them and occasionally a small black bug. The worm things are about 1/4" long. The skulls themselves are clean of any meat or fur. I've tried to freeze the skulls (as long as two weeks) and I just took all of them to a local pest control service who put them in a vault and gassed them for three days. $200 later and soon after I got them home, the worm appeared again. I'm assuming they are some sort of larvae, but I don't know how to get rid of them. I thought about boiling them, but I don't know exactly how I would do that due to their size. I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thank you. And in case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm not a taxidermist. I'm an artist and use skulls in my art.Bug.jpg

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I hope you solved your problem but here is what happened, your heads probably were not entirely cleaned of tissue and one of the Dermestid beetle types found a new home...You may actually have killed the critters in the heads you treated but I suspect the beetles may have made your area their area...These guys have the ability of finding food..if you have dog food, cat food or even insects shells in crawl spaces they can eek out a living..so you may still have a problem which is getting rid of any remaining bugs and making sure there is no high protein feed available.

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