Real World Gardener Bandicoots are Wildlife in Focus

August 25th, 2014

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WILDLIFE IN FOCUS

with ecologist Sue Stevens

Most Australians would have you believe that they know what dug those holes in their lawn.

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Long Nosed Bandicoot

Some say it’s lawn grubs, others say it’s worms coming up for air and leaving piles of dirt.

Bandicoot isn’t what comes to mind when these gardeners see fresh conical shaped holes with teaspoon sized piles of dirt in their lawn every morning.

Would you believe that most Australians have never actually seen a bandicoot!

 

Bandicoots are a gardener’s best friend because they eat spiders, cockroaches, a variety of insects, snails and most importantly their favourite food – the black beetle & beetle larva known as curl grubs. 

These grubs feed on the root system of your lawn causing dieback or brown patches.

Bandicoots are effectively aerating your lawn so that it will grow with renewed vigour during spring.

Bandicoots cause no long-term damage and are beneficial to lawns and gardens.

Remember that Bandicoots are protected and are currently under threat due to both habitat loss and predation.

If you live in a bandicoot territory and you have a suitable food source, you will have bandicoots in your yard.

Once the food source has gone, they will move on.

If you have any questions about Bandicoots, send in a photo, drop us a line  to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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