Then, of course, there are episodes of The X-Files, where the plot includes using the stings of honey bees as a mechanism for chemical/biological/other payload delivery. Hopefully we aren't yet dealing with those kinds of issues - natural or man-made.
48 years - 50 hives - TF
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I'm new to the craft but I found out early on that gloves and I don't get along very well. If you happen to smash a bee or a bee stings the glove, it seems to spread the desire to defend throughout the colony. Wearing the gloves over and over just adds to the problem. Now I carry a wet towel, like a golfer, and keep my hands clean. Been at it since April and have a total of four stings from my four hives. Feels good when it stops hurting, about a minute.
I have yet to get stung through my goatskin gloves (knock on wood) but I have scraped a number of stingers off the leather. I also take my time and make sure I am not crushing any bees as I manipulate frames...but taking my time is easy with only one hive. I can see it being a VERY different story if you have a lot of hives or worse yet...you are a commercial keep and time IS money.
i go bare handed, i can feel more and can tell if im smashing them. but i dont think you can do that with any hive or any apiary
Go w/out gloves next time and tell us how many stings you took.
"Beekeeping. It's a journey, not a destination." Mark Berninghausen
I got mine a Dollar General. Get ready for sweaty hands.