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so if i wear 'a bee suit', gloves, veil thingy, boots, and my wife straps duct tape or something to seal the veil, boots, gloves (or someting to seal) how often am i gonna get stung?

and does it ever quit hurting as bad as the first sting?

sorry, one of my fobias is needles, wasps, etc... but i like bees..

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sounds like trouble, I work my bees in a t-shirt and shorts. Get gentle bees and you won't get many stings.
 

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and does it ever quit hurting as bad as the first sting?
NO some are worse than others :lookout:

I always ware a veil unless the girls are in a mood, bees always go for my head and for thoes who say " I have gentel bees" I would bee the only person in a crowd that would get stung :eek:
 

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Me too, they go for my eyes! I like to go and just watch my bees almost every day just to try and learn from them and can stand in one spot for awhile and no one seems to notice until one bee decides he doesn't want me there and comes in with no warning and pops me close to the eye! makes u feel unloved for sure, but once I go into the hive I'm well dressed and stings are seldom.
 

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The worst place I've been stung is under the fingernail and also on the nostril now that really hurts !even my teeth hurt when I get stung on the honk!
you get used to them put they still hurt.
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I was stung on the inside of my arm after I squished it by bringing my arm down too quickly.:eek:

Move slowly and be gentle. Stings do hurt, they are meant to!
The pain does not last forever and antihistamines do help. My husband insisted on us having Epipens in the house just to be prepared.

The enjoyment of keeping bees far outweighs the the pain of an occasional sting. Have fun.

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Wyldbee,
It's a good idea of your hubby's to have epipens in the house,
My daughter recently had a bee sting, not her first, that saw us rushing her to hospital in anaphalytic shock scared the living daylights out of us!
we now have epipens and antihistamines with us always.
 

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I agree, he was absolutely right, most of the time he is! I can say that freely here - he does not read this site! He was in the Army - SF ,so he is big on being prepared.

We have children also . It gives us peace of mind to have the pens. They are young and fearless and like many little kids they do not always obey their parents. They have been good so far about respecting the hives and staying away from them unless i am going out and give them the O.K. to come with me.
They are so interested that I am going to buy a suit for them so they can come closer when I do the inspections.
 

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avalon,I recently did a cut-out....first one I've done in over 15 years. I had all the stuff on and it was hot! the first few times you handle bees(at least for me) I was scared of being stung. but the more you're with them, the more you realize you may not need all that stuff on...do it as you feel comfortable..eventually you may become as comfortable as these people om youtube who work been with nothing! not even a veil!..I doubt I'll ever get to that stage...It's so instinctive to swat something landing on your face.:no:
But I do someday hope to be able to handle them without all the hot clothing.

during the last cutout, I had a pair of white leather gloves on. I remembered from a long time ago that if a bee stung your gloves you could see the stinger and the little pumping blog on the glove....this last time, I didn't see a single stinger stuck in my glove...

but I still don't trust them!
I didn't get a single sting, but bees don't come with 2 inch stingers that'll penetrate my hunting jacket;)
and duct tape is your friend!:thumbsup:
 

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I don't know if the stings ever get to where they don't hurt. But, I don't swell up like I did when I first started keeping bees. And they don't itch as long the next day. But, it still hurts at first.
 

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I'm new and I was pretty nervouse at first. I installed them and have since gone in twice for inspections. I made it almost all the way though the last one without gloves. (got nervose at the end when I brushed the bees off a frame for a better look and bees where flying around)

My personal feeling is that you should do what you need to be comforitable. I'm a very jumpy person and think that wearing my jacket w/veil is safer for the bees and me until I get used to working around them as the jacket makes me feel safer and as a result act calmer.
 

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I have had 2. The worst was the one who crawled onto my hair after I took off the veil. I think she just got tired of trying to find her way out so BAM!!
 

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so if i wear 'a bee suit', gloves, veil thingy, boots, and my wife straps duct tape or something to seal the veil, boots, gloves (or someting to seal) how often am i gonna get stung?

and does it ever quit hurting as bad as the first sting?

sorry, one of my fobias is needles, wasps, etc... but i like bees..


If you wear all that, getting stung will not be your worry. Your worry will be all the needle pokes the nurses give you when you go to the hospital for heat exhaustion. When I got into beekeeping, I got a bee suit from an elderly beekeeper. I wore it one time, and thought I was going to pass out from heat stroke. I'm in Ohio...you're in Texas, so I assume it would be even hotter there.

It seems the most recent sting is the one which hurts the most. Chewing a leaf of common plantain and making a poultice to apply to the sting site can relieve a lot of the pain. Wet tobacco can reduce sting pain too.
 

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It would probably be wise to have an epi-pen on hand. Since you may be allergic and not know it, or may develop an allergy. I keep an epi-pen in my bee bag, even though I am not allergic.

Stings, in my experience, can vary in intensity. I think it is a function of where you are stung, the dose delivered, and your body's (changing) immune reaction to the sting. I had one sting that caused my arm to swell so much, that I was worried I might need to go to the doctor. I've had stings that were more like mosquito bites.

The more stings you get, the more comfortable you will likely be.
 

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Me too, they go for my eyes! I like to go and just watch my bees almost every day just to try and learn from them and can stand in one spot for awhile and no one seems to notice until one bee decides he doesn't want me there and comes in with no warning and pops me close to the eye! makes u feel unloved for sure, but once I go into the hive I'm well dressed and stings are seldom.
That's exactly how it feels too. :( So far, even though we are newbies to this great hobby, I've noticed when they aren't happy with my presence. I get warnings. I get dive bombs at my head and I know it is time to scat. So far so good, no stings (maybe I shouldn't post that... :scratch:)
 

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I'm not allergic... I actually stepped on a bee the other day while working on my waterline at home... They were thirsty...

And since i was barefoot, it was right between the toes..

and it HURT... so i just dont see how people can run around practically naked and not get stung..

So do you actually duct tape a veil to your shirt, seal the gloves and boots? Or do you need to be that careful?
 

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Like brac I am usually in shorts and a tee, I have never used duct tape, and when I do use a veil I rarely tie it, of course how much gear I wear depends on the ladies mood and what I am doing. One thing I know, if you keep bees you will eventually get stung, it goes with the territory, and yes it hurts.
 

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I have a suit. I wear shorts and a t-shirt under and zip up and work them. I get stung sometimes through the suit but, not often and if I do it is usually not real deep. But, they seem to figure out a way to sting my head. Last night I got it in the chin through the Vail. Darn girl went thought the Vail and my whole chin swelled up like a baseball.


So no matter how much protection you wear you will get stung from time to time.
 
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