Function Over Fashion- Understanding The Beekeeping Suit

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Function Over Fashion- Understanding The Beekeeping Suit

Article by Ryan Knox









So what exactly is a beekeeping suit? Well obviously, you need a type of suit that protects you from bee stings, but what suit and materials can you trust with your well being? Plainly speaking, it is a cotton and/or polyester jump suit that fits loosely on the beekeeper. Perfect seal is a must to prevent bees from going inside and stinging you eventually so even though it fits loosely on your body, the ends fit snugly on the arms and legs. A glove is required although wearing a glove also hinders movement and makes it harder for the beekeeper to work on the hive.The color of the suits is the biggest difference to whether a bee attacks it or not. Bears and skunks, are usually dark colored and furry, and these feast on the bee honey. So in order for the bees not to attack the beekeeper, the suit is colored white or a very light color and very smooth on the outside.Probably the most important part of the beekeeping suit is the veil. It’s a hat with a veil around it that allows the beekeeper to see everything without optical distractions. There are many styles of veils that are being sold today. Some are incorporated into the suit itself as a hood with the veil around it, some are fencing style masks, or wide brimmed hats with veils, etc.This suit has to be thick and strong enough to withstand the bee stinger and light enough not to be a hindrance to mobility and yet cool enough so that the beekeeper does not suffer from heat stroke at summer time when the temperature soars.Prices of these suits vary widely according to cloth type, thickness, veil design features and go from to a hefty 0+ for the sheriff model (

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