Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WHEN TREATING MANGE

 

Cydectin is the only product that has been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to treat mange in wombats.

The recommended dose is an amount that will penetrate and be absorbed into the wombat’s skin. This can sometimes be hard to determine as each wombat will be affected differently.

A photo can help us to determine the right dose.

Sometimes mange is mis-diagnosed, so it is important this is clarified before treatment starts. This is something the Society can assist with.  Send us a photo of the wombat showing its sides and face.

When is it too late to treat?
If the wombat is emitting a putrid rotting dead smell this indicates secondary infection and the wombat may be too sick to treat.  Always seek expert advice.  Contact the Society or your local Wildlife Authority for assistance.

 

If the wombat is approachable, we suggest treating with a pole and scoop device.  Wombats that are easily approached are usually suffering an advanced stage of mange and it is important that you seek expert advice.  Apply the dose down the middle of the wombats back which is the healthiest area. This is where it is most easily absorbed into the blood stream (avoid scabs).

You can make a pole and scoop device out of an old broom handle and tape a laundry detergent scoop to one end.

Follow up photos are ideal as we can assess the progress of the wombat and adjust the dose accordingly.
As the wombat improves it will be harder to approach and this is when treatment can be continued using the burrow flaps.

How long to treat.
The treatments are only once a week. Eight weeks is usually long enough to kill the mange mite. Ongoing 10ml fortnightly or monthly treatments are ideal if there is more evidence of mange in the area.  If a healthy wombat receives a dose of Cydectin this will work as a preventative.

Follow up treatment.
This can be done using a burrow flap at the entrance to a burrow the wombat is using. If you cannot locate an active burrow, look for evidence of a well-worn track maybe under a fence. Place the burrow flap so it can swing freely (back and forth) enough to empty the cup. 

 


How to identify an active burrow.
Place small sticks or bracken across the entrance to the burrow.  This will not be invasive and will be pushed out of the way if a wombat is in residence.

 

 Healing Process.

The wombat may look worse before it gets better, this is because the scabs are being scratched off, exposing raw skin and sometimes superficial bleeding can be seen. This usually heals within a couple of days. Products like Cetrigen or Chloromide (pink or purple spray) which are antibacterial and fly repellent can be used and will assist in the healing of the skin and deter flies. These products are readily available from Produce stores.

Supportive Treatment.
A wombat suffering from mange can become very thirsty so easy access to water is a good idea. Wombats in this weakened state can use a lot of energy trying to access water.  A heavy bottomed bowl or container embedded in the ground near where the wombat is grazing, or sleeping is a good idea.

 

Disposal of an infected Carcass.
It is important that a mange infested carcass is disposed of immediately (gloves should be worn). The mange mites can live on the body for up to 3 weeks after the wombat dies and this is when the mange is most likely to spread as the mite will be looking for a new host. The body can be buried deeply, (lime will assist with the decomposition), burnt or placed in a sealed double layered plastic garbage bag and taken to the local vet for disposal (check with your vet first).

Finally, stay in touch with the Society or the person nominated to support your efforts. We have found areas where so many wombats have mange that a broad treatment program may be necessary. If this is the case, get in contact again.

Any documentation you keep, notes, observations, photographs are invaluable in assisting other wombats and we would be grateful for a copy of these.

Wombat Protection Society of Australia Ltd.
ACN 122 449 665 ABN 33 122 449 665

Telephone 0448087994 Mail PO Box 6045 Quaama NSW 2550 Australia
Email: info@wombatprotection.org.au www.wombatprotection.org.au

 

The Difference between mange and wombat attack.

 

Mange usually appears with scabbing around the wombat’s shoulders and sides.  Often the face and ears are also scabby. There is usually a red rash on the wombat’s underside and inner legs.

 

Wombat attack is usually on the rump and sometimes on the top of the head and neck. Wombats defend themselves by bolting down a burrow and blocking the entrance with their rump. This is not mange.

A photo sent to your mange treatment group is important so mange can be confirmed, and the correct dose rate prescribed.

 

TYPES OF BURROW FLAPS

 

Burrow Flap – made from plastic Ice cream container lid with bottle top inserted.

Pole and Scoop device – laundry scoop taped to a broom handle or suitable pole or stick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burrow flap is ideally positioned 30cm above ground level.
This height allows the wombat to just duck its’ head and activate the burrow flap.
Make sure cable ties are tight, to stop the flap sliding sideways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burrow flap weighted at the bottom with a short stick to stop it blowing in the wind.
Stick also attached with cable ties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flapmade from reinforced chicken wire.
Advantages – does not blow in the wind and is less obtrusive.
Make sure wire edges are trimmed and bent out of the way. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burrow flaps can be set up on roadside culverts.
Wombats grazing on the roadside use these as bolt holes when they are disturbed.
Make sure the flap can swing back and forth.
Tighten cable ties to stop the flap from slipping sideways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burrow flaps can also be set up under buildings.
Make sure other entry points are blocked off.

 

Wombat Protection Society of Australia Ltd.
ACN 122 449 665 ABN 33 122 449 665

Telephone 0448087994 Mail PO Box 6045 Quaama NSW 2550 Australia
Email: info@wombatprotection.org.au www.wombatprotection.org.au