Our WILVOS 5441 6200 Hotline is beginning to get more calls about the busy bandicoots in back yards. Sometimes calls are for information, and at other times the unfortunate bandicoot may have fallen in the swimming pool or been attacked by a domestic pet. It is always appreciated that people make that phone call for help.
Whether it be a water dish for the pets or a swimming pool, it is always good to place something from the edge to the water so animals can escape if they happen to tumble in. I had a call some years back about a feathertail glider that had fallen in a dogs tub of water. Luckily discovered early she recovered , later to be returned to the site, after a branch was placed in the water dish.
It is best for the pets and for the wildlife that once pet food is eaten, the dish and any remaining food is removed. The bandicoots need to come in and quickly dig up the lawn grubs and other insect larvae and then depart. If they loiter around backyards for too long they are at risk of picking up diseases such as toxoplasmosis from cats. As a zoonotic disease it is one we don’t want spread around more animal species. Our cats can keep it all to themselves!
If you observe small conical holes in your yard it is most likely that a bandicoot is at work. They do a wonderful job of preventing your lawn from being demolished by lawn grubs. The downside is your lawn may look a little untidy for a short time. You can take advantage of this digging by having a container of sand handy. Fill up the holes with sand and not only are the bugs removed for you, but your lawn is beautifully aerated also.
These fascinating creatures have a backward facing pouch, and when the multiple young are born they look like little jelly beans, and are still attached to an umbilical cord. Bandicoots are very welcome in my yard.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS) PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au