Northern Beaches is home to two species of bandicoots, the more common Long-nosed Bandicoot (Perameles nasuta) and the threatened Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus).
The Long-nosed Bandicoot is a slender, medium-sized marsupial with a long pointed snout and pointed ears. It has course greyish fur and a white underbelly.
Bandicoots are nocturnal animals and live in a wide range of habitats. They usually hide during the day in their nest which may consist of a hollow log or crevice or low lying vegetation.
Bandicoots eat grubs, spiders, worms and other garden pests, leaving snout-shaped holes in gardens and lawns. This can be beneficial to gardens as it aerates the soil and removes pests that may cause disease.
Bandicoots may want to use your garden as a sanctuary. You can encourage them into your garden by providing habitat for them that contains a variety of native shrubs and ground covers and by keeping pets locked up at night.
If you want to keep bandicoots out of your yard, there are several options.
You could build a bandicoot fence using fine galvanised wire or mesh that has gaps not larger than 20mm. Bury the mesh into the ground to 150mm. The height of the fence needs only be 500mm above ground.
Alternatively, leave an outside light on as they avoid bright light, or place blood and bone around your garden as the smell is a deterrent.
Bandicoots are a host for ticks but carry far fewer ticks than other native and introduced species. Animals that have a large range such as foxes, dogs and feral and domestic cats, are more susceptible to picking up ticks than bandicoots, which stay close to their nest.