HOW TO CARE FOR TAXIDERMY
Here are the 3 golden taxidermy care rules:
Display your taxidermy in a cool, dry place away from sunlight (so keep away from windows if possible to avoid UV damage/bleaching!)
Getting a glass dome is probably the single best thing you can do to protect your taxidermy from dust, wear & tear, mischievous pets and other environmental factors.
KEEPING IT CLEAN
Keep your taxidermy clean by de-dusting gently every month by using a hair dryer at arms-length.
Make sure the hair dryer is on the lowest and COOLEST setting and use in the same direction the fur/feathers lay to avoid damage.
One advantage of having an uncased specimen, is getting up close and personal with it!
As tempting as it is, please avoid frequently handling/touching taxidermy specimens. Oil from our hands can damage specimens over time.
In all of the years that I have been collecting and making taxidermy, I have never had an issue with any sort of insect infestation in any of my mounts as they are kept in a clean environment, so take the following information as a precaution only:
Even though a preserved taxidermy specimen has all of the muscle, membrane and tissue removed from it, been treated, tanned, dried, glued, and mounted to the highest standard to deter bugs, it still could be inviting to some unwanted visitors.
Clothes moths, dermestid beetles, and cockroaches are culprits of infesting mounted trophies for various reasons, and can ruin even the best taxidermy mount.