Best Beekeeper Suit For Hornet?
Hornets are very dangerous insects. They bite humans with high frequency and they cause severe pain. These insects have been known to kill their victims within seconds. The best way to protect yourself from these insects is to wear a bee suit which will keep your body safe from bites while keeping the insect out of it’s reach. A bee suit is made up of two parts: a helmet and a pants (or shorts). You can buy bee suits online or at some stores. Some of them are comfortable and others are not so much. There are many different types of bee suits available including those made out of fabric, leather, plastic, foam, metal and even ones that look like spacesuits!
There is no single type of bee suit for all kinds of bees. All the different types have advantages and disadvantages.
So what makes one better than another?
Well, there are several factors such as comfort, warmth, protection against stings and other things.
The most important thing is to choose the right bee suit for your needs. If you don’t want to wear any kind of clothing at all then you should go for a simple bee suit because it will save you money compared to buying a new one every time when something happens.
It’s a good idea to wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes. You might want to put on some gloves or special protective clothing for your hands depending on the task you’re going to perform. It’s best not to wear any jewelry while working with bees because they can get caught in the chains or heavy necklaces, which can cause problems if the bees are agitated.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular options when it comes to beekeeping suits.
Humble Bee Suits
Many people think that humble beekeeping suits are some of the best ones. These are quite affordable and easy to find. However, you need to replace them after every season if you want them to remain useful.
They are made out of a mixture of cotton and canvas. The fabric is thick enough to protect you from stings and the material is strong enough to protect the garment from tearing. Humble bee suits are somewhat heavy and baggy, making them good for cooler weather, but they’re not very flexible and they can be restricting as well. They also have a hood built into them with a netting that covers the eyes and part of the face, which gives you some protection against wasps and bumble bees. On the plus side, the fabric is white so it’s easy to see any stings you might have received.
The suit also has pockets on the front and back for storage.
Humble bee suits usually sell for less than $100, which is great for anyone on a budget. While they may not be as high quality as others, they’re good enough to protect you from most things and they can last for many seasons if taken care of properly.
Bates Bee Suits
Bates bee suits are a very popular brand and there are different versions available that give you varying levels of protection. For example, the “deluxe” one is somewhat heavy and bulky, but it protects you from everything including yellow jackets and other stinging insects. It’s also good for cooler weather and even rain because it has a hood, sleeves and overall coverage. On the other hand, the lighter version is more suitable for warmer weather and it only protects you from honey bees as well as some bumble bees and wasps.
The deluxe suit comes with a veil (another word for a net), which covers your face in addition to the rest of the suit. It’s a great barrier against stings and it also has pockets for storage. The lighter version does not have a veil or hood, but it’s still relatively cheap.
There is also a version of the deluxe suit called the “ultimate bee suit” which has some extra features. For example, it has an elastic waist and cuffs so you don’t feel as restricted when you’re working and it has an extra layer of fabric on the legs and arms. However, this one is the most expensive and also the heaviest and most bulky.
Bates bee suits are great for people on a budget who want something that will last for many seasons. The deluxe suit offers the highest level of protection and can be worn in all kinds of weather. The more expensive ultimate suit is extra protective, but it’s also the bulkiest one available.
Bee Smart Suits
This is another popular brand of bee suits that offers good protection for an affordable price. It comes in two versions: the standard one and the “sport coat” version (a lighter suit that’s similar to the one designed by Humble Bee). The standard suit covers everything except your head and hands, making it a little restrictive, but it protects you from all kinds of stings as well as some minor scrapes and bumps. The sport coat version only protects the most sensitive areas, which are your arms and legs, but it’s much cheaper and has more flexibility.
As with other bee suits, the brand also offers a deluxe version of the standard suit. It’s bulkier and more protective than the original one, but it covers your entire body except for your head so you can’t see very well. It’s heavier and more expensive than the standard one. The deluxe sport coat is made with a similar design, but it’s lighter and offers more flexibility.
The bee suits by this brand are suitable for people who want to stay safe without spending too much money or causing themselves too much discomfort. The standard suit is a bit restrictive, but it’s the most protective one. The deluxe version has more fabric that can get in the way, but it protects from more stings. The sport coat is lighter and less restrictive, but it’s not as protective as the other two.
Humble Bee Suits
The bee suits made by the humble bee company are another affordable option for people who want to stay safe around bees. The standard suit comes in two different versions: one with a netting veil and one without. The version with the veil offers more protection from stings, but it makes it harder to see and it’s slightly heavier. The deluxe suit is a one-piece garment that’s similar to the sport coat version made by other manufacturers, but this one is more protective.
The suit without a veil is more comfortable and flexible, but it’s not as protective (although it’s still fairly protective). The deluxe suit offers more protection and is more flexible than the standard one, but it’s not as comfortable or flexible as the sport coat made by other companies.
Although the suits made by this brand are affordable, they offer good protection. The standard version without a veil is fairly protective and flexible so it’s great for people who want some extra protection but don’t want to be weighed down or feel restricted. The deluxe version is heavier than the one without a veil, but it’s more protective.
Working With Bees
When it comes to working with bees, you should definitely consider using a veil to protect your face and neck. Goggles or a full face mask can also be used for extra protection, but they’re not as necessary. These garments are made out of thin and light fabric so they shouldn’t be too restricting or uncomfortable. Some beekeepers also use long sleeved shirts, long pants and even heavy-duty hiking boots to protect their extremities from stings.
While you can work with bees in normal clothes, special garments are necessary if you want maximum protection. These suits should be worn any time you plan on doing anything that causes the bees to get agitated or upset such as opening the hive to perform maintenance or inspection. Some people also use these suits to move their beehives around, although a wheelbarrow and some rope work just as well and are much more convenient.
The standard beehiving suit is similar to the one-piece coveralls worn by mechanics. It’s a one piece jumpsuit with long sleeved shirt and long pants. The deluxe beehiving suit is made out of thicker fabric and it also protects the arms and legs from stings. There are also versions that have a full face mask, although these are not as common.
The gloves and boots that come with the deluxe suit are not made out of the same material as the jumpsuit and they offer less protection. The full face mask doesn’t cover the entire face and leaves the eyes exposed. Most people don’t wear these suits when opening up hives because they provide less protection than the other options available to you.
Beekeepers usually have several suits and other protective gear so that they can change into a fresh suit after working with the bees. It’s also a good idea to have a spare suit or two for those unexpected mishaps.
The Beekeeper’s Toolkit
In addition to protective clothing, you should have the following tools on hand:
Smoker: You can build your own smoker using a metal pail, a Piece of Wire and some dry grass or leaves. You can also purchase a commercial smoker made for beekeeping. Whichever type you choose, the smoker calms the bees by creating smoke. Most beekeeping suppliers sell all the materials and equipment you’ll need to get started.
Hive Tool: This is the most important tool in a beekeeper’s toolkit. It’s a long metal tool that lets you pry apart the hives without hurting yourself on the wooden edges.
Squeegee and Brush: When you’re finished working with the bees, you should dampen a brush and brush off the bees that are stuck to your protective clothing. You can also use a squeegee to remove the bees, although some people prefer not to use one because it can hurt the bees if you’re not careful.
Beeswax: When you’re finished working with the bees, you can gather the wax that they’ve created and reuse it. However, you should let the wax cool down before using this method.
How to Work With Your Bees
There are several different types of interactions that a beekeeper has with their bees: inspection, feeding, pest control and honey collection. You can learn all the details of these interactions on the page entitled “Beekeeping: An Overview” but the following are specific safety tips that you should keep in mind when performing these tasks:
Inspection: When inspecting your hive or hives, it’s important to remember that your presence inside the colony will excite the bees. You should always open the hive as quickly as possible and avoid unnecessary movements. If you do get stung, don’t pull out the stinger unless you get allergic reaction. Allergies aren’t common but they can happen. If you do get stung, don’t worry because contrary to popular belief, the bee dies after stinging.
You can remove the sting by scraping your fingernail across the stinger sideways.
Feeding: During warm months, honeybees feed from flowers so you don’t have to feed them. However, in colder months, you should provide food for them or they will die of starvation. You can use a sugar syrup that has been diluted to half sugar and half water. You should provide this food only in cold weather because otherwise, you’ll find lots of bees buzzing around your hive all year long.
Pest Control: You can purchase pesticides at your local hardware store but these are only effective in small amounts and have negative effects on the bees as well as yourself. It’s best to avoid chemical controls. Your best pest control methods are inspection and swarming. If you notice ants, large numbers of bees or bee larvae, or signs of disease, you should immediately take steps to correct the problem before it gets out of hand.
Honey Collection: You can begin taking your honey at about three weeks after the first installment. Before you do this, you should make sure that there is sufficient supply for yourself and your bees. If you took out more than they could naturally replace then your colony wouldn’t have enough stores for the winter and could die. You can take the honey from the top bars or the bottom. To remove from the bottom, you must first chip away the wax around the cells containing honey.
Once you’ve mastered the basics of beekeeping, there are several advanced techniques that can help to improve your success and satisfaction with beekeeping.
Preventative Medicine: Sometimes, a colony can become diseased. You can prevent this by purchasing a “Nosema Filter” that allows air into the hive but blocks many of the disease carrying pests. You should also make sure that your bees have a nearby source of water and are in healthy condition before the winter.
Marketing: To get the best price for your honey, you can participate in market day in the nearest town or city. You will need to transport it there but if you’ve got enough to make the trip worth while, you should do it.
While proper maintenance and care can prevent most diseases from infecting your bees, sometimes no matter what you do they get ahold of your bees. Here’s a list of the most common diseases along with advice on how to prevent and treat them.
ACB: Acute cork brood is a very dangerous disease that must be treated quickly. It is spread by small mites that cover the inside of the brood cell and prevent the bee from forming. These mites multiply quickly an can completely consume a colony in less than a month. You can prevent it by purchasing a “Nosema Filter” which blocks the mites from entering the hive. You can also treat infected colonies with the antibiotic Fumagillin.
CCD: Colony Collapse Disorder is a relatively new disease that has wiped out millions of bees in the last several years. Currently, it’s origin, cause and prevention are unknown. The first symptom is when the colony stops producing honey and goes unvisited for a long time. If you notice this, open up the hive and check for disease. If they are infected with CCD, there is nothing you can do.
If not then you can save them with Fumagillin.
Other Common Diseases: There are several other common diseases that your bees may pick up. If they become infected, the first signs are slow movement and a decrease in population. Always open up any hive that you think has been abandoned for an extended period of time to check for disease.
Here is a list of the most common ones and how to treat them.
DWV: Deformed Wing Virus is relatively common among bees and doesn’t have a known cure. It causes paralysis in the wings of young bees leaving them incapable of feeding or moving & eventually leading to death. You can prevent this by purchasing a “Nosema Filter” which will keep out the virus carrying mites.
Nosema: Nosema is a bacteria that infects the bee’s midsection and causes diarrhea and death. You can prevent this by purchasing a “Nosema Filter” which will keep out the bacteria carrying mites.
Wax Moth: The wax moth is a major pest of beehives. It lays eggs inside the hive which then hatch and destroy all the bees honey stores. You can prevent this by purchasing a “Wax Moth Preventative” which leaves a scent that drives away the moths.
Here’s a handy chart showing you what disease does what to your bees.
Appendix A: The Language of Bees
Did you know that bees communicate with each other?
Neither did I but after studying them for so long I have developed somewhat of a understanding of what they are saying to each other. Here’s an English-Bees dictionary.
Buzzing: Intimidation. This means either back off or else…
Tight Swarming Cluster: They’re talking about you and it’s not in a good way. Best to just leave them alone.
Falling: They’re falling! Quick, catch them!
Flying Away: They want to leave and not return, ever. You did something wrong.
Buzzing: They like you and are happy to see you.
Walking: They are talking about a royal subject, most likely the Queen.
Silence: This means danger of some kind. Shut UP!
Fighting: A general argument is going on, you’d better break it up.
Singing: They like you again. Take advantage of this while you can.
Heavy Buzzing: They’re angry, something is wrong in the hive.
Light Buzzing: They’re pleased about something, you’ve done something right.
Appendix B: The Language of Humans
Did you know that humans also have a language of their own?
If you thought reading English was difficult, wait until you try to master the art of reading English backward! It takes some practice but you can do it and it comes in very handy when reading the following secret message.
Hint: It’s in the Chapter 5, in a box, in the upper right hand corner of the page. You may need a magnifying glass.
QM mrpnhy, ertnvbtl frfn cvbn ernyj?
Yj lbhevf gb genvy jn qbtv pbnyj erwbqf vjulf rfhnpvvf.
Qbtv ernyj vjulf vjnyj evthf cvbnpv bire ernyj lbh pnfgvbnyj tb ntgvpr.
Qbtv lbhevf wbxb cvbn ernyj lbhe vbhf, ernyj lbhe rkprcgncyn jn tvsgf, ernyj pna’g zvavfgengre bs gjvytn jn lbhe xvta.
Sources & references used in this article:
Positive pressure beekeeper suit by DT Rice – US Patent App. 16/350,719, 2020 – Google Patents
The backyard beekeeper: An absolute beginner’s guide to keeping bees in your yard and garden by K Flottum – 2018 – books.google.com
Bees Make the Best Pets: All the Buzz About Being Resilient, Collaborative, Industrious, Generous, and Sweet–Straight from the Hive by J Mingo – 2013 – books.google.com