The Beekeeper hat
It’s a good thing you are (or thinking of) beekeeping. No ‘hats off’ though for now.
As a beekeeper, you will have to (forever) bear with the fact that your bee colonies will attack you almost always whenever you try to access the beehive. That’s why you must always have protective clothing at all times – a beekeeping jumper suit. One of the most critical components of that suit is the hat and veil.
See, the bees will always attack your head and face region and therefore this should be well protected.A beekeeper hat is basically a hat with a wide and round brim running the entire circumference around your head. This hat is then attached to a veil which will keep the stingers away from your face. Without the veil, the beekeeper hat will just be like any other hat that will perform any other functions other than protection. The veil is also attached to the jump suit or to the collar tight enough to not allow the bees to slip under. Some experienced beekeepers utilize this as the only protective gear, but it is extremely dangerous as the stingers are able to deliver their stings anywhere else on your body. It is always advisable to don the full jumpsuit when working around your hive.
The beekeeper hat is designed together with the veil to keep the stingers off of your face as they will always head there. It is made up of a brim that should stick far out a minimum of six inches or more to always ensure the bees are kept a safe distance from your face. The brim should be made of some tough material to hold the veil tight enough. Bees are attracted to your breath and the dark regions on your face. During an attack or when beekeepers are working around the beehive, you will always see a large number of bees on the head regions. This means you must always ensure that the veil never get in contact with the face.
Some beekeeping suits come complete with a hat and veil, but you can make one for yourself and save the money. Ensure that the veil is firmly attached to the hat and the suit collar so that it is tight enough. The veil should also be closely knitted to prevent the smaller stingers (the rookie worker bees) to go through. The veil should also not be too closely knitted as it might reduce visibility and give you a tough time working with the bees. The veil should also have at least a 180 degree view which also improves the circulation of air.
As with the rest of the protective gear, the hat should also be white in color or any of the lighter colors. The stingers will be less aggressive when you are wearing white colored gear because darker colors represent most of their enemies like the bears and raccoons. Remember, the beekeeper hat is not complete protection in itself. It is best used in combination with the full jumpsuit, boots and hand gloves.
His newest book,”The Ultimate Beekeeping Guide,” teaches Beekeepers everything they need to know about beekeeper hat and caring for their bees.