Mange and how to treat it.
1. Treating mange
We Dianna & Warwick are happy to answer any questions, or look at photos you have concerning if it is mange, dog attack, wombat attack or wombat issues in general. Email or call us (02 48435933) for information and any questions. We can also point you in the direction of your local wildlife carers and help with other wildlife issues.
2. Adult manged wombats cannot be bought into care they die of stress. We have treated a number of 'teenage' sized wombats with success these are around 10-15 kg and released here at Rocklily. Talk to us about this if you have any small wombats with mange.
3. There are two treatment options we use for wild wombats
This treatment has been paid by us personally. The 250ml of Cydectin costs $34 plus bottle, express postage $12.20, hand made flap, metal pegs chemical resistant gloves we charge $35 on our online shop per kit. We’re really happy to be able to supply you with this treatment kit at no charge, but would be really appreciative of a donation, to allow us to treat even more wombats. We receive NO government funding we rely on our online shop to help fund our wildlife work and our savings.
– If using the cydetin mulit dose method only
- After treating with the pole follow the wombat to see where his burrow is so you can flap it, or a fence he is going under, as after 2-4 doses he will not be out in the daytime as much and be more difficult to find.
– It is important to continue the treatment using the flap once you can no longer find the wombat as you are now treating his environment where mites live for over 3 weeks when not on the wombat. This is why this takes so long to eradicate the mange.
5. Treatment stick: when wombats are out in the daytime!
If you see your mangy wombats out in the daytime, it’s worth applying the dose using a long stick if you cannot safely get closer to the wombat. We will be advising you about the actual initial dose size!
- A large towel thrown over an aggressive and frightened wombat can tangle him up while you get away.
- Always approach with the wind coming from the wombat to you, then he can not smell you
- You can use your One dose/cydetin mix if wombat is dry and no rain forecast for at least 24 hours.
- If its raining or will rain use a 20ml dose of Cydetin to get treatment started every 5 to7 days until conditions are right to use the one dose mix.
– Taping a bottle with a lid/soap powder scoop to a long stick allows you to slowly (downwind) approach a wombat with mange and pour the dosage onto the spine, where there are no thick crusts to prevent it from soaking in.
– Tape the bottle on at about 45 degrees, so after taking the lid off you just need to rotate stick for the dosage to pour on.
– Store with the end in a secure plastic bag when not in use, well away from animals and children.
– Get it on his back where the hair looks good, this way it will best soak into him, rather than on the scabby part. After about 2 or 3 treatments you won’t see him anymore as he will be feeling a bit better and not coming out in the day.
8. Treatment flap: when wombats are hard to find in the daytime as they get better! Only continue to use this if your only using the cydetin treatment.
It is important to continue the treatment using the flap once you can no longer find the wombat. Once they feel better they are not out in the daytime, and you need to find a burrow, pathway, or fence line they use.
– After treating with the pole follow the wombat to see where his burrow is so you can flap it, or a fence he is going under, as after 2-4 doses he will not be out in the daytime as much and be more difficult to find.
– Burrows might have fresh dirt and diggings and/or wombat poo’s around (square-looking poo). You can tell if a burrow is in use if you put some bracken/ grass blocking the entrance so it will be pushed aside if a wombat enters. Not all burrows have fresh diggings. Look for animal trails in the bush with wombat poo, and you should find a burrow or two.
– Using wire pegs (supplied) , hang the flap so the base is about 25 cm from the ground. Spud demonstrates the flap in action, piping Cydectin on his head & down his back.
– Hang flaps in fences where wombats track through or under the shed, house or where ever they are going. Block extra space with logs or rocks to direct wombats into the flap.
7. Helping manged wombats
– Use Cetrigen or similar from rural supplies to keep flies off wombats, it’s also antibacterial for any small wounds when the mange scabs fall off. And people can see wombat is being treated as its purple! Pump action not spray can which sounds like snake to a wombat.
– Leaving a bowl of water near the burrow is helpful as the wombat will be extra thirsty due to the mange. Put a large rock in it to help prevent it being tipped over, or rocks around it. In dry times, splashing buckets of water around weekly on nearby grass will help give the wombat food as well.
- If wombat has bad mange put some straw, dried grass or dried bracken at entrance to burrow without blocking it. he can then decide if he needs more for his nest to keep warm
Spud demonstrates Flap. And an innovative wind resistant flap. If flaps are hung with pegs from roof inside burrow they will not fill with rainwater of spill in wind.