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.