HOW ARE WOMBATS TREATED?
The burrow flap method of treatment is used to dispense Cydectin, a chemical that is used to treat the parasitic mite under permit conditions, once weekly for 8 weeks and 4 treatments at fortnightly intervals for a total of 12 doses.
The flap is on a wire frame, which can be pushed into the earth at the entrance to the burrow. The wombat receives a dose once it pushes past the flap.
Another way is the direct method, which uses a pole and scoop to administer the chemical at the back of the neck and along the wombat’s back.
This is effective for the first few doses, but once the wombat starts to feel a bit better, it may not emerge from its burrow in the daytime, so this is when the flap treatment is very effective.
All it takes is for the volunteer to refill once a week and and occasional clean of the bottle top to remove dirt.
Cameras can be placed overnight to check the progress of a recovering wombat.