SUFFERN, N.Y. -- A suspected bee's nest is hanging in a tree at Montebello Elementary School and Ramapo Police are warning parents to be careful.
The large nest is looming high in a tree at the wooded nature playground could be a wasp's nest; officials are investigating.
Whether bees or wasps, police posted the information on their Facebook page as a safety warning, Ramapo police said.
Approximately 3 percent of the population are allergic to bee stings, and some people have an extreme reaction called anaphylaxis. The symptoms from even minor stings can be severe and potentially life-threatening, according to the USDA.
Allergic reactions to wasp stings include swelling of the face, lips or throat. It's rare that people are allergic to both bees and wasps, according to healthline.com.
Ramapo Police notified the school and asked for the nest's removal.
Local beekeeper Jackie Lowenfels said Honey bees, usually build combs in tree hollows, rafters or something enclosed.
"Hard to tell from the picture but it appears those are not honey bees. A beekeeper will come remove honey bees; wasps should be killed," Lowenfels said. "But it's hard to see (from the photo)."
"If they are in a swarm, you'll see a big ball of bees," she said.
A commenter on the police Facebook page said she was stung near the school's ice cream truck and saw "more than normal buzzing about."
No word yet on when the hive will be removed. Calls to the Hillburn Building & Grounds Department went unreturned, and the school referred requests for information to that department.
The elementary school is located at 50 Montebello Road in Suffern.