How to Not Get Stung


| 1/2/2015 10:36:00 AM


Tags: honeybees, beekeeping, Five Feline Farm, Illinois, Julia Miller,

Keeping honeybees is a lot of fun if you don't get stung. So how do you reduce your risk?

Bee Suit

Don't Swat

Honeybees generally only sting when they are threatened. Swinging wildly and slapping at the bees is a threat. This is a hard instinct to overcome but if you concentrate and follow some simple techniques, you will find yourself fascinated with the colony of livestock before you.

Suit Up

Invest in a good protective suit. You will see people go with out gloves or in only a veil, but I don't recommend this especially for beginners. Beginning beekeepers need the confidence that comes with not worrying about stings. My favorite protective gear is a complete unit: overalls with elastic at the ankles and wrists, a zip on veil/hat combination that has additional flaps to cover where the zippers meet, rubber boots that go well up under the pant legs and long gloves with elastic openings that cover my arms over the suit all the way to my elbows. I have not been stung while wearing this gear. It's not built for fashion but it does keep the bees away from my vulnerable skin.

Mask the Alarm Pheromone

Opening the hive is a threatening act, an intruder has come to rob them of all their hard work.

Use smoke any time you open the hives. Spend some time learning to light your smoker and keep it going with a thick, cool smoke. You do not want to shoot flames out the spout of the smoker, but you do want a steady quantity of smoke. Smoke masks the alarm pheromone that the guard bees give off to alert the hive of the intruder.


greenlight24hr
1/4/2015 8:58:11 PM

Very Good Post . Ive had bees in the past and am always amazed at the amazing flavor of fresh honey. I have invested in a good suit and have also not received a sting while geared up. I also make sure that I take care to reduce breathing out carbon monoxide around an agitated group/ hive. Im sure that would easily be another alarm sense a bee would have.


greenlight24hr
1/4/2015 8:57:13 PM

Very Good Post . Ive had bees in the past and am always amazed at the amazing flavor of fresh honey. I have invested in a good suit and have also not received a sting while geared up. I also make sure that I take care to reduce breathing out carbon monoxide around an agitated group/ hive. Im sure that would easily be another alarm sense a bee would have.




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