Protective clothing against bee stings
Whether it's a hobby or a job, keeping bees is an exciting but risky activity. The use of protective clothing is nowadays systematic when working with bees. It is necessary to wear a beekeeper's suit in the right size because the smallest gap is enough for bees to infiltrate it. The clothing must cover all parts of the body, upper and lower limbs. It should be tight at the ankles and sleeves to prevent bees from passing through.
The fabric of the beekeeper's suit should be light and flexible to facilitate movement. But it must also be strong enough to resist the risk of perforation due to the materials and especially bee stings. Cotton/polyester blend is the ideal choice for the fabric because it is hard. For color, white or cream are the most recommended because the lightness soothes the bees and prevents them from confusing the beekeeper with elements of nature such as predators that are dark in color. There are some suits that are lined for added protection against bee stings. It is mostly located at the wrists, ankles, knees and chest.
Other protective equipment for the beekeeper
In addition to the beekeeper's suit, other protective equipment exists such as the veil. The veils protect the head and neck of the beekeeper. They can be used for quick and brief visits to the apiary. The veil is made of a dark coloured mesh net to make it easier to see.
Next, we have the hat which may or may not accompany the veil and which must be of the same fabric and color as the beekeeper's suit. One can also exchange the veil for a hood with solid frames. There are several models according to the beekeeper's preferences.
A hat that keeps the veil away from the face is essential for more comfort but also to avoid bee stings.
Pants and pants can be alternatives to beekeeper's suits. Very practical, peaches allow you to get dressed and undressed in an instant. They consist of a hat with a veil attached to it, and a jacket that can be put on or closed at the front.
To protect the hands, leather gloves offer flexibility and resistance, ensuring both the beekeeper a good freedom of movement and protection against possible bee stings. It is advisable to wear pairs of good size also to avoid having free spaces that can serve as a path for the bees. There are suits that have elastic at the wrists for a better fit of the gloves.
Finally, for shoes, prefer boots or high boots. It is essential to tighten the legs of the beekeeper's suit before putting on the shoes. You can put the pants inside the boot or shoe, or cover them.