Do You Need a Beekeeping Suit
One important aspect of beekeeping is to know how bees will react once they sense danger. Veteran beekeepers know what the bees are going to do and how they will react but still most of them wear protective clothing known as a beekeeping suit.
Many people have a bee sting allergy. Unfortunately, to find out if you’re allergic to bee stings you almost have to be stung first. Before getting into beekeeping, you should first find out whether or not you have a bee sting allergy.
Despite their knowledge, its possible experienced beekeepers can be stung. A lot of veteran beekeepers think that the more you’re stung, the more resistant to irritation your skin gets with each sting. They believe it’s good to be stung a few times during the year. Multiple bee stings result in higher antibodies because of the body’s reaction to the bee venom. With those higher antibody levels, the body will have a higher resistance to future bee stings.
No person wants to get a bee sting. Most beekeepers put on gloves and protective clothing along with a hood or hat as well as a veil. There are experienced beekeepers that do not wear gloves since they think the gloves make it tougher to do delicate tasks in the hive. If not wearing gloves then washing hands with vinegar before working with the bees will minimize the bee’s attraction to them.
If the beekeeper does get stung on the hand, scratching the area with a fingernail can also minimize the irritation. That scratching helps lower the amount of bee sting venom going into the skin.
Of all the body areas to shield from bee stings, the face and neck are the highest priority. In addition to being very sensitive areas, hive protective bees are drawn to a human’s breath. Finally, a bee sting in the face will be more painful and swell more than on any other part of the body. The beekeeper has a tougher time removing a bee sting in the face without being able to look in a mirror. One very important beekeeping lesson you must learn starting out is how to calmly approach bees to prevent a potential bee attack targeted at the face.
The beekeeping suit is body-covering clothing worn by the beekeeper when working with the bee hive. The outfit consists of smooth material that’s most often white in color. Beekeeping suits come in lighter colors with white being the most common color. Those lighter colors distinguish the beekeeper from the dark and furry bee enemies like bears and skunks.
A beekeeping suit is designed to remove any bee stings. All you have to do to remove the stinger or venom sac is pull the suit material tight and they just fall off. By wearing the suit the potential of any bee venom getting into the body is minimized. One important fact to keep in mind when wearing a beekeeping suit is any bee stingers left on the suit material will contain an alarm pheromone. That pheromone can result in adverse bee attacks. The suit needs to be washed after each use so the pheromone is removed before working with the hive.
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