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About Wasps

In order for the nest to be destroyed you need to locate the nest.

To find the nest you need to establish the direction the wasps are flying. To do this, place a good food source (i.e. meat or pet food) in a visible location. Once the wasp has collected the food, it will fly in a direct line to the nest.

A wasp may be scavenging for food up to 500m from the nest. Keep relocating the food sources in the direction of the nest. You may need to work cooperatively with your neighbours.

Nests are located where shelter is available. Common locations for nests include retaining walls, tree hollows and wall cavities. Nests are often underground, and will be evident by a stream of wasps entering and leaving a hole in the ground. The nest is made of grey paper mache type material. Nests constructed of mud are not European wasps’ nests.

wasps are attracted to sweet food and meat. This is why they are commonly a nuisance at outdoor eating venues and barbeques.
 Do not aggravate wasps. If a wasp is aggravated it may sting. Unlike the bee, a wasp can sting multiple times. If  left undisturbed the wasp is not aggressive to human or other animals. If a nest is disturbed the wasps release a chemical which triggers the wasps to defend the nest. 
About Beetles
There are two different species of Carpet Beetle which are fabric pests, the Variegated Carpet Beetle and the Black Carpet Beetle.

It is only the larva of these species that feeds on fabrics such as woollen carpets (they do not attack synthetic carpets), fur, silk and feathers etc. The adults feed on pollen from flowers. Bringing fresh flowers into a building that contain the adult beetles is often the origin of the infestation.

They can fly and are attracted to light, often found clustered near windows. The larva eat small round holes in curtains, tapestry and clothes.

Variegated Carpet Beetle
Adult: A number of different patterns and colours, but in general between 2-3mm long with a mottled pattern of white, brown and yellow scales with fine long greyish-yellow scales underneath. A rounded shape. Lays 40 eggs maturing in 4 months.
Larva: At maturity 8mm long, tapering to the rear with long hairs. The larva is tapered with short tufts of hair at the front the widest and short tufts of hair at the rear cover the body.

Black Carpet Beetle
Adult: Is a black/brown colour with an oval shape with brownish legs, between 3-5mm long. Female very prolific, laying 50 to 100 eggs over 3 weeks and maturing in 1 year.
Larva: At maturity 4-5mm long with a series of light and dark brown stripes.