Bees have some of the most beautiful and terrifying characteristics in the whole world. There is no beekeeper that hasn’t been stung at least once even while wearing bee suits. Stings are inevitable. In spite of your best efforts, keepers of bees will eventually be stung. There’s nothing worse than that, and it hurts like Dickens. Nevertheless, I understand when a bee stings me because I am tearing open its home and stealing its food.
Why Do Bees Sting?
In general, bees don’t sting willy-nilly. They are gentle creatures in most cases, and they do not want to sting you, because unfortunately, they die if they do. The only time a bee stings is when it feels threatened.
Protecting the hive and the queen is the job of a bee. Their stings are most likely to occur when they perceive that their home or mother is being threatened. Despite their small size, bees are very focused. Rather than attack, they focus on the work in front of them. Foraging bees are not interested in what humans are doing since they are focused on gathering pollen and nectar.
Moreover, a bee that is part of a large swarm or package is less likely to sting since it does not have a home to defend at this point.
How Does A Bee Suit Work?
The beekeeper wears bee suits in order to avoid being stung. There are many different suits on the market from simple jackets to full bodysuits. It’s difficult to say which is the most effective.
There is no 100% guarantee that bee suits will work. It is not impossible for determined bees to sting through the bee suit or to find the one, small opening that was not sealed by the beekeeper before approaching the hive.
Using the veil, you can protect yourself from stings. In general, the veil fabric is held away from the face and head with a brim or some rigid construction, which prevents stings from getting into the skin. Most keepers have a mesh front so that they can see and breathe. A beekeeper’s glove is made of heavy cotton and fitted to go up the arm to reach the elbow and is made of long, rolled threads.
After leaving hives, check your suit for any bees that might be attached to it before removing it. As you remove the suit, you might anger those bees who rode along with you and be stung as a result.
How To Avoid Being Stung In A Bee Suit?
If you handle bees, you’re likely to get stung no matter how gentle, calm, and careful you are. Having mental preparation makes beekeepers more tolerant of stings, as stings are more bearable. Although you don’t intend to get stung, you are aware that you’ll probably get stings working with bees. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it isn’t a surprise.
No bee suit can protect you from being stung, but there are ways to reduce the number of stings by always working calmly and slowly around your bees and paying attention to their behavior. It means that they are getting irritated. If they start to circle around you or their buzzing becomes louder and more pitched, your odds of getting stung have increased – whether you are wearing a bee suit or not.
If they start to lose their temper, walk away. Then return when they are more relaxed.
Handle Bees Properly Without Getting Stung
When working with bees, no matter how careful you are or what you wear, you will be stung. Although a bee suit protects you against stings, it doesn’t prevent them fully, only addressing the symptoms of stings. Nevertheless, it is better than getting a full sting without protection. Following some steps might help you handle bees properly without getting stung:
One of the beekeeper’s best defenses against stings is their smoker. As soon as the bees detect smoke, they start preparing for a hive fire. As they prepare to leave the hive that is in flames, they begin to consume honey as fast as they can to provide nutrition for the colony. Overeating honey puts bees in a state of coma where they become less aggressive and lethargic.
Wear light colors
Bee suits usually are white for a reason. A light color is less threatening to bees than a dark color.
Don’t stand in the way of the entrance
Usually, the bees make a flight path that leads them towards the entrance of the hive. Bees will become agitated if this entry is blocked. Angry bees may buzz close to you or tap their bodies against you. It is a warning to avoid getting stung by someone
Avoid swatting or waving your hands. This makes your bees grumpy because they find fast movement threatening. You can reduce the aggression of your bees if you remain calm, relax, and move slowly and deliberately.
There are many different fragrances that attract bees. You should avoid wearing strong fragrances because they attract bees and can cause direct contact.
Pay attention to the buzzing
Keep your attention on how the bees react to your actions and pay close attention to their buzzing. It’s likely they think you are threatening the hive if they start buzzing louder and increasing their circling and smacking into you.
Use sugar water with a new package
It is best not to use the smoker to calm bees when installing a new package because they will interpret this as a sign that their new hive is potentially dangerous and flammable. Use sugar water instead of sprinkling. By cleaning themselves, the bees will be less likely to sting.