Yellow Jackets are not native to the United States,
but they have made themselves at home on Long
Island, parts of New York City, and throughout
Westchester and Rockland Counties. Originally
brought from England by the colonists, yellow
jackets are a beneficial species that can also pose
a real threat to humans. They are among the most
aggressive of wasp species and will not hesitate to
attack alone or in swarms.
Yellow jackets are slightly larger than a honey bee,
measuring a half inch in length. Unlike fuzzy bees,
yellow jackets have shiny bright yellow bodies with
black stripes or spots. They are attracted to meat
and sweets and are a common summer pest in our area.