It would make a great mask for robbing banks, not that I suggest you do that.
It would make a great mask for robbing banks, not that I suggest you do that.
If the strings are sewn to the front with the loop in back, I'd always keep the strings run through the back loop and simply put each arm through each loop and then pull the strings around to your front to tie.
I just use a veil and gloves. I've got a dedicated long sleeve shirt that I tuck into my jeans which are tucked into my socks. I'll never get into a beekeeping calendar that way, but it has worked well so far.
Do you guys have any preference on full suits that arent too expensive from Dadant or elsewhere that you like? I was looking at this:
I always wear a suit and veil, and the as soon as you get stung in the face, or right under your eye like I did, you also will wear at least a jacket and veil. When she got me under the eye, I obviously jumped back and dropped the frame I had in my hands, now I am running across the field one eye locked shut, and a bunch of really pissed off bees trying to get a piece of me as well. Never again will I be in that position, it's just not worth the risk. The jacket and veil only makes sense for protection of your face, I seldom wear gloves and if I take a kiss or two from the girls on my hands that is not a big deal.
Gentleman farmer/10 year Bee Keeper
I purchased disposable coveralls from Home Depot for $10 (http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/1003889...5#.UTam5vIcO1A and with a bit of duct tape reinforcing a few seams, am still wearing them going into my 3rd year. The good: I've never been stung through them. The bad: they are hotter than hades in hot weather. I wear rubber boots pulled up over them. That is when I wear a suit at all, which mostly I don't. But occasionally the bees are in a bad mood, particularly in a dearth, so it is nice to have protection available without spending a fortune. There is also a breathable version available now, but I don't know how stingproof it is.
Good idea for the home depot coverall. You can use the heavy duty plastic silver color tape to tape a pair of gloves to the suit too. Since it is plastic, you can open up the under arm for ventilation using the veil net or something similar to cover the seams. And open as many holes as you want to for ventilation. Now I am thinking to use the round patch ventilation holes at non sensitive areas so the bees cannot go in. At least this
will make the suit a lot cooler in the summer time. What do you think?
What chevydmax04 said... I *have not* been stung on the face and I don't want to be so I wear a veil whenever I'm going into a hive. I will get around the hives and replace feed jars on the inner covers BUT if I take the inner cover off I'm going to have a veil on. I was standing beside a hive one day (no veil) watching the bees on the porch...suddenly this little hussy walked out on the porch and without hesitation made a hard left turn and made a "beeline" toward my face. I was probably 5' from the hive entrance and only had time to turn my face to the side...she buried it in my neck beside my adams apple. I'm gonna have a veil on when I go in the hive...undoubtedly.
I will always wear a veil as well, I'm already ugly enough to compound that with a pug face! I have fencing veils by them selves and also a ventilated jacket/veil combo. I guess I am just different in every way because I have never been stung through my jeans, but have been stung through thin work out pants! As far as tucking socks into my pants, I will NEVER do that again! It's not fun getting drilled in the ankles while your holding a deep full of bees trying to reverse them! That pretty much sucked!
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Ed, does that mean you have the aggressive honey bees? Mine would not normally do that. At least I don't think they are that aggressive when I'm near them. If my bees are like that I would requeen them fast. I don't like the aggressive bees. I have been opening up the inner hive cover everyday sometimes 4 times a day to peek inside. There are lots of bees
feeding but not fly out to sting me like that unless I teased them with a small stick. Then they are really at a defensive side and buzzing their wings "on intruder alert!" mode ready to attack. Here is a pic I took after lifting up the inner cover while they were feeding on honey.
Oh, no, no, no. My bees would not normally do that, either. My mentors don't tolerate aggressive bees and I kinda follow their lead. They breed for gentle bees...primarily they focus on bees with heavy caucasian traits to them. That (gentleness) trait makes sense to me and thankfully the bees I've gotten from them have been gentle and the couple of feral colonies I've worked with have been gentle, too. One cutout I wore a veil and a t-shirt...no long sleeved shirt (though I did get a few stings, being cooler was worth it).
I guess what I was saying is that bees are unpredictable. Even a gentle hive can have some mavericks in it and sometimes the entire colony can simply have a snotty attitude...maybe one of the drones said something derogatory about one of those 50,000 ladies' pollen basket and the ladies are just not happy. Who knows?
Whatever the case, work at your own comfort level...mine is to protect my face and eyes while I've got the hive opened.
The only times I have gotten stung on the face, I have been wearing a veil, although that really only taught me the value of wearing my veil. One little lady managed to find her way in while I was in full suit, and nailed me on the eyelid when I swatted her (my bad!). Made me really think about how it could have been my eyeball. This past week, 2 divebombed me and stung my jaw through my veil that was sitting too close to my face. Later figured out it was the conditioner I'd used that day that apparently has some banana oil or something in it--I was 50 ft. from the hive and they attacked with no warning. I just figure that any town of 60,000 is gonna have at least one crazy--at least the girls only have one bullet in their guns!
The worst I've ever been stung was having my socks pulled up over my pants instead of slipping on my rubber boots. They were everywhere and difficult to get off the socks as they could get a good grip. Won't do that again!
007, sometimes we just have to accept the fact that they really don't like us, eh? I've had a couple of times while working a hive that maybe I've had them opened a bit too long and they get aggravated with me....when I can hear them bouncing off my veil I know it's time to start shutting things down and mighty happy that I've got that veil on!
The sock thing... I pretty much always wear tennis shoes and put a strap around the bottom of my bluejeans legs. One day I'll get zapped for that small open area around the ankles. Having a large area of sock material exposed just hasn't seemed like a good idea to *me*...for others it appears to work fine, to each his/her on. It is, shall we say, interesting to look down and see several bees hovering around your shoe looking towards the dark openings up your britches legs!
Hi, Ed. You are right. Bees seem simple but they are unpredictable. It is better to be safe than sorry, I think. Now I am thinking to make a fence mask using window screen. Is there a plan for that on the net? I am thinking a window screen will allow me to see better than the black color veil net. I am not going to jink myself but so far my face, legs and angles are still fine.
I have a full suit, which I like for the protection as the bee are sometimes aggressive. I think if I were starting new, I would opt for a jacket and veil, because of the heat factor.
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I bought a fold-up screen for a helmet a while back. My intentions (when I get around to it ) is to cut the front screen out and replace it with a clear plastic pane. I think somebody here or on another forum has worked on a design like that.