Managing wombat mange

Many local wombats suffer from mange. Unless treated the infestation progresses and eventually the wombat is so severely compromised it dies a slow and agonising death.

Mange can be successfully treated by placing medication on an ice-cream lid which forms a flap over a wombat's burrow. Re-application over a series of weeks is required.

Mange is not a disease but an infestation of the mange mite. The mites burrow under the skin where they deposit eggs, this causes intense discomfort and over time thick plaques that look like scabs and ridges form over the wombat’s body. These plaques become dry and split open, then the wounds become infected and flyblown.

If a wombat dies from mange you need to dispose of it properly, e.g. buried completely, burnt or bagged and sealed and taken to the vets for disposal (after making prior arrangements). The mites can live on the wombat carcass or surrounding ground for up to 3 weeks after the wombat dies and can be spread by any animal investigating the dead body. Humans, pets and livestock can all be infested by mange in this 3-week period so it is crucial that the infected carcasses are disposed of carefully.

Mange Management  is a local community group based in Beaconsfield Upper which services the shire and beyond. Residents are welcome to help treat wombat mange on their property or assist the mange management group with their work.