Identifying Killer Wasps in Florida: What Homeowners Need to Know

Posted by Matthew Rathbone on April 10, 2023 · 2 mins read

Are you seeing large, intimidating wasps buzzing around your Florida yard? While not all wasps are dangerous, it’s important to know how to identify the ones that are. Here’s what you need to know about killer wasps in Florida:

DIY Wasp removal recommendations

For non aggressive wasps I've had great luck spraying the nests with this Spectracide wasp remover in the evening. For more aggressive wasps I also use this rediculous looking upper torso Beekeeping suit. It seems silly, but trust me, it's amazing.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are a common sight in Florida backyards, but they can be aggressive and dangerous. These wasps have yellow and black stripes and are about 1/2 inch long. They build their nests in the ground or in protected areas like eaves and attics.

If you see yellow jackets in your yard, don’t disturb them. If you accidentally step on a nest, the entire colony may swarm and attack. Instead, call a professional pest control company to safely remove the nest.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are another type of wasp commonly found in Florida. These wasps are brown with yellow markings and are about 3/4 inch long. They build their nests in trees, shrubs, and other elevated areas.

While paper wasps aren’t as aggressive as yellow jackets, they can still sting if provoked. If you notice a paper wasp nest on your property, call a professional to remove it.


Hornets are larger than other wasps and have black and white markings. They build their nests in trees, shrubs, and other high places. Like yellow jackets, hornets can be very aggressive and dangerous.

If you see hornets in your yard, keep your distance and call a professional to remove the nest. Don’t try to remove it yourself, as this can be dangerous.


While wasps can be intimidating, most aren’t harmful unless provoked. However, if you notice yellow jackets, paper wasps, or hornets in your yard, it’s best to call a professional to remove the nest. Stay informed and stay safe when dealing with these potentially dangerous insects in your Florida backyard.