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ugh I don't understand this website!
Anyways... I don't like the thought of maggots at all! Ew!
Dermested beetles need a certain temperature.
Do you think mealworms would work?
I don't think regular mealworms would work, they are largely herbivorous while the dermestid beetles used for this purpose are carnivorous, specializing on carrion. Any insect you use to clean the bones will require a given temperature range in which they work best. How quickly they clean the bones will depend largely on the population size you're working with and the temperature at which they are kept. We had large populations that could clean a skull in a day or two at warm temperatures (~75 degrees). Lower population sizes and lower temps will increase the amount of time it takes. I will point out that, due to the smell, this is something you'd probably not want to do inside your house. Here is a nice page on how scientists use dermestid beetles to clean skeletons for museums.how long would the dermested beetles take to clean bones?