The beekeeper’s suit is an essential part of beekeeping equipment that every bee farmer should have. Bees are not like other domesticated animals that get used to the smell of their owner. It is the nature of bees to get easily provoked. Once they are provoked, they produce painful stings that can be deadly to allergic victims.
If you are a beginner in the beekeeping business or you started it as a hobby, then you must know from your research that if you're allergic to bees, you'll need quality protection. Even the most experienced bee farmers cannot ignore the importance of the suit. Parts of the beekeeper’s suit are listed below.
- The beekeeper hat and veil: The head is one of the most critical parts of the body, followed by the neck. The beekeeper hat is for protecting your head while handling the bees. You cannot wear the beekeeper hat without the veil. The two go together although some might prefer purchasing the two as separate pieces. The veil is for protecting your neck and face from bees. One important tip while buying your beekeeper suit is to go for the beekeeper hat that is joined with the veil. This is because it will be much easier to fasten it to the rest of the suit.
- Beekeeping gloves: The beekeeper suit doesn't come with a set of gloves to protect your hands. You should never go working in a hive without your beekeeping gloves. A bee sting on your hands is just as painful as a bee sting on any other part of your body. As you harvest for honey with your gloves on, there might be some fatalities. Therefore, most farmers prefer not to wear gloves. I say, put on the gloves and be careful not to kill any bees.
- Beekeeping Jacket: Among the things in your beekeeping kit should be the beekeeping Jacket. The beekeeping Jacket protects you from the lower neck to the waist. You will be wearing the jacket on top of your clothes, so be sure to pick a larger size than usual. Another tip is to choose a jacket that has a zipper to fasten the beekeeper hat and the veil. This way, you are confident that your suit is secure. Also, you do not have to carry your hat around when you’re done; you can unzip it and let it hang on your back when you are at a safe distance from the bees.
- Beekeeper Boots: The boots complete the beekeeper suit. The beekeeper boots prevent bees from climbing up your clothes. Some bees can fly low during harvesting and find their way into your clothes and sting you. It is crucial that you always wear your boots with the rest of the suit.
Now that you have taken care of your safety on the apiary. You can check out other beekeeping tools that you need for your farm. If you are getting into beekeeping and have some doubts if you will make any profit from the business, you should know that the retail price of honey has almost doubled since 2006. Also, products like organic honey, bee pollen, and honey vinegar are gaining popularity in the market, so choose your niche and run with it.