Beekeeper's clothing

Being a bee breeder is not a job to be taken lightly. You have in your hands the survival of one or more colonies that will work hard to produce the honey you like to eat or the by-products. A beekeeper, amateur or professional, must have a special outfit when he is at work because bees are still small creatures that defend themselves well. It is therefore essential to wear the appropriate beekeeper's clothing to protect themselves.

Need to wear beekeeper's clothing

Raising bees is a risky business. The bee sting is the most well known and also the most dangerous. This is why every amateur or professional beekeeper must protect himself and wear beekeeper's clothing. It is good to know that bees do not sting for no reason because when they use their sting, they then die.

So what should you do if you get stung? Stinging the bee is dangerous since we do not know the degree of reaction of the stung part. It may simply swell, redden and be painful, but the danger lies in the amount of venom ingested. Above all, it must be determined whether the venom has reached the blood vessels or not. If the skin is thin enough, a toxic reaction may occur. It is therefore strongly advised to always wear beekeeper's clothing, although it is possible to get stung a little more, the protection is safer.


Beekeeper's clothing

The sting of a bee is 3mm, but to protect yourself, jeans are not enough. It is important to have two layers of clothing and only wear long-sleeved tops underneath the suit. Beekeeper's clothing should be light-colored, preferably white as it soothes the bees. No entry should allow bees to get under the clothing. A hood or a veil mask is also needed to protect the face. The latter must not stick to the face, so a frame must hold the veil on the mask. It should also be dark for better visibility.

The slightest opening will allow the bees to enter under the beekeeper's clothing as well, you have to be very meticulous. The sleeves of the suit can be closed with sleeves of the same color that will cover the gloves at the same time. The gloves are mostly made of leather or canvas. They must be very soft and flexible to allow the beekeeper's movements. The most professional beekeepers do not wear gloves, but rather rely on the effect of the smoker to chase the bees out of the hive. Finally for shoes, boots are the most recommended and there are special boots for beekeeping. It should be noted that the space between the suit and the boots is the bees' favorite, to remedy this, gaiters are used which are made for skiers. This protection fits on all types of boots.