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Wasps are flying insects known for their slender bodies, distinctive coloration, and the ability to deliver painful stings as a defense mechanism.

Rockland Bee Removal

Wasps Native to Rockland County NY

Yellow Jacket Wasp


July – November
4,000 – 5,000 Wasps per nest
Very Aggressive

The Yellow Jacket wasp, a member of the Vespidae family, is a highly social and aggressive insect species recognized for its black and yellow coloration. These formidable wasps are known for constructing intricate paper nests, often found in various locations such as underground burrows, tree hollows, or even human-made structures. Yellow Jackets play a crucial role in controlling pest populations by preying on insects, but their potent stings make them a source of concern for humans, especially when their nests are disturbed. Despite their defensive nature, Yellow Jackets contribute to ecosystem balance and exemplify the complexities of social insect behavior.

Paper Wasp


April – October
10 – 100 Wasps per nest
Moderately Aggressive

Paper wasps, belonging to the Polistinae family, are distinctive insects named for their unique nests constructed from paper-like materials created by chewing wood fibers and mixing them with saliva. Known for their slender bodies and often striking color patterns, paper wasps are generally less aggressive than some other wasp species, although they can deliver painful stings if their nests are threatened. Their nests, typically attached to branches or sheltered structures, showcase their remarkable architectural abilities and social organization.

Cicada Killer Wasp


July – September
1 – 3 Wasps per hole
Generally Not Aggressive

The Cicada Killer Wasp (Sphecius speciosus) is a large, solitary wasp known for its remarkable ability to hunt and paralyze cicadas, which it then buries in underground nests to serve as food for its larvae. Recognized by its impressive size and distinct coloration, the Cicada Killer is generally not aggressive toward humans unless directly provoked.