Need Bees Removed?
International
Beekeeping Forums
July 24, 2014, 03:16:21 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: ATTENTION ALL NEW MEMBERS
PLEASE READ THIS OR YOUR ACCOUNT MAY BE DELETED - CLICK HERE
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar bee removal Login Register Chat  

Pages: 1 2 3 [All]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: What Are You Wearing?  (Read 4136 times)
PeskySquirrel
New Bee
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 26


Location: Wisconsin


« on: March 17, 2008, 10:52:03 AM »

The amount of protective clothing a beekeeper wears seems to be as varied as the opinions about which type of top feeding works best. I'm a newbee and I don't want to wear (or purchase) more than I need, but I'm wondering what everyone wears for protective clothing. How 'bout a quick poll? What protective clothing do you wear when you work your bees?

A. Nothing
B. Hat and Veil
C. Jacket + Hat and Veil
D. Full suit + Hat and Veil

1. I also wear Gloves
2. I don't wear Gloves

Right now I'm set up with "B2" (that is, Hat and Veil and no Gloves). I'm wondering if I should also invest in a jacket or suit.

This might be a silly question. Maybe the answer isn't so simple, and it varies based on the time of year, the activity of the bees, weather, food stores, etc. Anyway I'd love to hear everyone's opinions.

Thank you.
Logged
Bennettoid
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 352


Location: Ocean City, Maryland, USA


« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2008, 10:55:12 AM »

I have a black and yellow striped tshirt and matching pants I wear at the hives.

Black and yellow suits a fellow.
« Last Edit: March 17, 2008, 12:36:04 PM by Bennettoid » Logged

the kid
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 164

Location: mn


« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2008, 11:30:36 AM »

try going to menardes or homedepot and buy a paint suit ,,one of those paper ones ,, thats what a lot of keepers are useing for bee suits ,, you have the vail so try a paper suit ,if it dont work for you your only out 6 bucks and you can use the suit some other time...  you will find the girls more in the stinging mood ,in the fall when they are protecting stores ,,,
the kid
Logged
randydrivesabus
Queen Bee
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1072

Location: Indian Valley, VA


« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2008, 11:39:52 AM »

i use a jacket hat veil and sometimes nitrile gloves. if i am digging in i go with the gloves. when i get stung i swell up and i don't want the temporary inability to use my hands.
Logged
KONASDAD
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 2011


Location: Cherry Hill, N.J.


« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2008, 11:47:49 AM »

I try to use nothing but smoke. I own a veil and gloves and use occassionally. I am pricing out a jacket, as my apiary is expanding which means I need to do work on hives even when they are testy. As a hobbiest, if they are having a bad day, i get beer and leave them be. I come back another day. W/ expansion, I will be losing this luxury.
I hate bees in my face, and they seem to like me too.
Logged

"The more complex the Mind, the Greater the need for the simplicity of Play".
bassman1977
"King Bee"
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1787

Location: Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania


« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2008, 11:48:41 AM »

I'm protected head to toe when I got out there.  rolleyes
Logged

(\__/)
(='.'=)
(''')_(''')
shawnwri
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 62

Location: mid-Atlantic


« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2008, 12:14:58 PM »

Depends on the season.  Honey harvest (full suit, veil, boots, and gloves) but I do a primative form of harvest by just opening the hive and shaking the bees off the frames.  Early sping with a new package, just a veil.
Logged
annette
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 5311


Location: Placerville, California


« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2008, 12:18:10 PM »

I admit that I am a wimp when it comes to bee stings. I dress up head to toe with all protective gear. D1 is the answer for me

Annette
Logged
asciibaron
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 99


Location: Millersville, MD


WWW
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2008, 12:34:23 PM »

i picked up a jacket with attached veil - i figure it has the best chance of minimizing the number of bees that get in the veil and the jacket will protect my arms.  i didn't want a jump siut since it gets pretty humid in Maryland come August.

-Steve
Logged

Scadsobees
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 3198


Location: Jenison, MI

Best use of smileys in a post award.


« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2008, 12:35:14 PM »

Whewwee!  Tried it once with just a veil and gloves....by time the hubbub died down, and I got the charges dropped, the stings had faded away!  The neighbors still won't talk to me, and my wife was furious for a long time.

Since then I make sure I have pants and a shirt on too... grin
Logged

Rick
dlmarti
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 181


Location: Mercer County, NJ


« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2008, 12:38:50 PM »

Nothing until recently, now a veil.

oh, and my socks.  Smiley
Logged
bberry
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 95


Location: Sebastopol California

Playing with wool is good for your soul


« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2008, 12:52:47 PM »

I really like the pull over veil/shirt combo-it is easy on easy off. Gloves are good as girls can be (as all us girls) moody. make sure you get the ankle straps tho' if you go with just pants as those lil buggers like to climb up your legs.
Logged
indypartridge
Queen Bee
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1097


Location: Brown County, IN


« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2008, 01:06:25 PM »

Usually B1: Hat & veil, no gloves. I picked up a few white shirts at the thrift store that I wear. I usually take gloves with me - just in case the girls are a bit testy. I also have a couple of those paper-painter outfits that I've used when I've had to do extensive manipulation on a day when the girls are extra grouchy.
Logged
annette
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 5311


Location: Placerville, California


« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2008, 01:16:20 PM »

I really like the pull over veil/shirt combo-it is easy on easy off. Gloves are good as girls can be (as all us girls) moody. make sure you get the ankle straps tho' if you go with just pants as those lil buggers like to climb up your legs.

Where did you purchase yours and what is the exact brand/type etc.

Thanks
Annette
Logged
Shawn
Queen Bee
****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1214

Location: Lamar Colorado


« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2008, 01:36:33 PM »

Well after the last little bee got me I stopped by the ER to see the doctor that I ordered a hive for. I showed him my popeye arm and he said I am a good canidate for extreme allergic reaction to the next. I guess Ill be wearing my complete English suit, gloves and boots.
Logged
poka-bee
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1651


Location: buckley wa

I am NEVER bored!!


WWW
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2008, 01:38:04 PM »

Nothing until recently, now a veil.

oh, and my socks.  Smiley

Hee Hee now that makes for an interesting Far-Side type picture in my sick little mind!!  Wouldn't get too warm that way!  Sorry! cheesy
Logged

I'm covered in Beeesssss!  Eddie Izzard
tillie
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1740


Location: Atlanta, GA

Bee in N Georgia on a Blackberry flower


WWW
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2008, 02:00:02 PM »

D1 for me - suit, zipon veil and hat, gloves, socks tennis shoes.  I've just ordered some Dadant kid sized gloves because I'm tired of having an extra 1 1/2 inch of finger in my old gloves - tired of being an awkward, well-covered beekeeper!

Linda T well-covered in Atlanta
Logged

http://beekeeperlinda.blogspot.com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"You never can tell with bees" - Winnie the Pooh


Click for Atlanta, Georgia Forecast" border="0" height="60" width="468
Mici
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1502


Location: Zagradec, Grosuple, Lower Carniola, Slovenia

tougher than rock


WWW
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2008, 02:40:07 PM »

B2
Logged
beesbeesbees
New Bee
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 22

Location: Illinois


« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2008, 03:11:15 PM »

B - hat and veil
2 - no gloves (too clumsy with gloves on.)
Logged
sean
Field Bee
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 508

Location: jamaica


« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2008, 03:34:46 PM »

jacket with the attached veil, no gloves. Dont think anybody in jamaica goes into an apiary without at least their veil. Well except for those ignoramuses who think thwey can pop the top and retreat before the bees get them., of course with the 1st sting they stop running and start flapping their arms. You know what happens next. The rest of the posse arrives evil
Logged
reinbeau
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 2502


Location: Hanson, MA and Lebanon, ME


« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2008, 05:58:12 PM »

Full beesuit here, the veil is attached, and gloves.  That's if I'm doing the 'going in'.  If Greg is doing it, he's in full body armor and I stand off to the side - but I'll get close, hold a frame, etc. without any protective gear. 
Logged


- Ann, A Gardening Beek -  ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

Click for Hanson, Massachusetts Forecast" border="0" height="150" width="256
steveouk
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 206


Location: Colbert, Oklahoma

A Brit living in the USA


WWW
« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2008, 07:37:39 PM »

it will be C2. In may i have to do a photoshoot for a magazine i take photos for. Another Photographer is taking all the photos as we are using there studio however part of the shoot is a themed shoot, we can dress up in anything we like. My wife suggested my bee outfeet, so going to do that !
Logged

Brian D. Bray
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 7369


Location: Anacortes, WA 98221

I really look like this, just ask Cindi.


WWW
« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2008, 09:03:37 PM »

Nothing until recently, now a veil.

oh, and my socks.  Smiley

And what did your neighbors think?   Wearing nothing while working your bees.  You must know that Beekeepers are already thought of as loony and now you have to do it naked--or did I miss read that?  LOL  :p  :p   
Logged

Life is a school.  What have you learned?   Brian      The greatest danger to our society is apathy, vote in every election!
poka-bee
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1651


Location: buckley wa

I am NEVER bored!!


WWW
« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2008, 09:05:51 PM »

It will be on the next cover of "nudist weekly"!! cheesy
Logged

I'm covered in Beeesssss!  Eddie Izzard
Sir Stungalot
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 55

Location: N.E. Texas


« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2008, 09:53:51 PM »

The whole she-bang! Top to bottom, covered up as well as I can stand.
It is a very sexy look...dirty, wax and gunk covered suit- veil with many holes all sewed up with bright white string, gloves ripped out at the wrists now held togeather with duct tape.
The chicks go crazy for me dressed like that.  Then again, it could be my smoke&sweat cologne....huhmm...
Logged
Kimbrell
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 198


Location: Middle Tennessee


« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2008, 10:30:26 PM »

I wear the full "moon suit" and gloves.  I have the kind where the veil zips onto the suit.  It works really well as long as you remember to zip the hood on all the way.  I left about a half inch open last year and of course one of the girls found her way in!  It's a little difficult to get the veil unzipped from the suit with one hand while you're squeezing a bee with the other!  it also get awfully hot in August in that suit.  I would also like to know where bberry found the pull over veil/shirt.  Sounds like it might be a little cooler...
Logged
CTbeeman
New Bee
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 28


Location: Stratford, Connecticut


« Reply #26 on: March 17, 2008, 10:40:30 PM »

Inspector jacket and nirtile gloves
Logged

If it isn't broken, don't try to fix it.
Jerrymac
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 6047


Location: Wolfforth Texas


« Reply #27 on: March 17, 2008, 10:53:03 PM »

Full body armor. You never know what might happen. Drop a frame of bees or a whole box. Or perhaps they are just a wee bit testy one day.
Logged

rainbow sunflower  Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.   rainbow sunflower

 Jerry

My pictures.Type in password;  youview
     http://photobucket.com/albums/v225/Jerry-mac/
beekeeperookie
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 185

Location: Newark, Ohio


WWW
« Reply #28 on: March 18, 2008, 08:22:24 AM »

I wear the the english suit, no gloves. 
Logged


<img src="[url]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/miniWeather02/language/www/US/OH/Newark.gif
" border=0
alt="Click for Newark, Ohio Forecast" height=50 width=150>[/url]

Beekeeping since 2007
Sean Kelly
Field Bee
***
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 903


Location: Buckley, Wa

I Pick; Therefore I Grin


WWW
« Reply #29 on: March 18, 2008, 09:14:07 AM »

Depends on the mood of my bugs mostly.

Usually I go in with the "Premium Zippered suit w/round vale" from Betterbee and gloves (cant stand stings on my hands + I'm a banjo picker and it's hard to play after getting stung there).

If its nice hot weather, I just go in with t-shirt, shorts, my old trusty square folding vale, and gloves.

Sean Kelly
Logged

"My son,  eat  thou honey,  because it is good;  and the honeycomb,  which is sweet  to thy taste"          - Proverbs 24:13
suprstakr
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 149


Location: Pineville Mo


« Reply #30 on: March 18, 2008, 09:59:22 AM »

Depends on the work to be done.
Just veil ---- peek in hive   ( I got head bumping Russians )
Jacket and veil for super removal or adding .
Gollden Bee Suit for everything else.
Gloves as needed . Smiley
Logged
BeeHopper
Queen Bee
****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1122

Location: Hopelessly Lost


« Reply #31 on: March 18, 2008, 10:22:22 AM »

Coveralls
Hat
Veil
Nitrile gloves
 Smiley
Logged
DennisB
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 206


Location: Louisiana MO


« Reply #32 on: March 18, 2008, 10:54:44 AM »

Jacket with veil and gloves. My old blue jeans do fine on my legs. So far only had one go up the pants .

DennisB
Logged
tbeddy
New Bee
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 5

Location: Columbus, Ohio


« Reply #33 on: March 18, 2008, 02:49:40 PM »

A veil, jeans and a short sleeve shirt, in late summer and fall I wear a London Fog overcoat from the Thrift store ($3.00) and bee gloves.
Logged
bberry
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 95


Location: Sebastopol California

Playing with wool is good for your soul


« Reply #34 on: March 18, 2008, 04:34:34 PM »

Annette-I ripped out the tag so i don't know the exact brand but it cost $75 at my local bee supply store. Here is a link for dadant, can't believe they are more expensive-usually my local store is rolleyes
https://www.dadant.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=34_64&products_id=584
Logged
poka-bee
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 1651


Location: buckley wa

I am NEVER bored!!


WWW
« Reply #35 on: March 18, 2008, 05:36:18 PM »

Anette, thats what I got too, the tag just says CE?  It was at my local store for $69, I was shocked cause I'd been shopping online.  If they are still on sale I'm gonna pick a Large up for my daughter & as a spare for anyone coming over.  looking for the tag I just noticed that the veil/hat zips off!  Woo Hoo!  Glad I noticed before I actually have to manipulate bees for any length of time!
Logged

I'm covered in Beeesssss!  Eddie Izzard
annette
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 5311


Location: Placerville, California


« Reply #36 on: March 18, 2008, 09:21:18 PM »

Thanks,  I think I am going to treat myself to this outfit, because getting those full suited coveralls on is a pain and very, very hot. How stingproof would this outfit be if I wore it over heavy jeans, and wore my high rubber boots?Huh

Thanks for the info.

Annette
My husband will have a fit when he sees the price, but oh well!!!
Logged
Michael Bush
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 13567


Location: Nehawka, NE


WWW
« Reply #37 on: March 18, 2008, 09:26:56 PM »

In cool weather, a jacket with a zip on "English" style hood and a pair of leather driving gloves tucked into the sleeves of the jacket.  Jeans (usually faded, sometimes a bit "holey"), boots.  In hot weather, a Golden Bee Products suit with just shorts on under it.
Logged

Michael Bush
My website:  bushfarms.com/bees.htm
My book:  ThePracticalBeekeeper.com
-------------------
"Everything works if you let it."--Rick Nielsen
JP
The Swarm King
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 11668


Location: Metairie, Louisiana

I like doing cut-outs, but I love catching swarms!


WWW
« Reply #38 on: March 18, 2008, 11:30:35 PM »

Jacket with zippered veil from Dadant, about $45.00. Get it 2-3 sizes bigger so its roomy. I wear long Khaki pants with this set up, works great.


...JP
Logged

"Good friends are as sweet as honey" Winne the Pooh

My pictures can be viewed at http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus
and
http://picasaweb.google.com/112138792165178452970

My Youtube videos can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=JPthebeeman&aq=f

My website JPthebeeman.com http://www.jpthebeeman.com/jpthebeeman/
Bennettoid
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 352


Location: Ocean City, Maryland, USA


« Reply #39 on: March 19, 2008, 09:35:25 AM »

Here's my outfit:

Logged

qa33010
Field Bee
***
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 912


Location: Arkansas, White County


« Reply #40 on: March 20, 2008, 01:44:33 AM »

I learned my lesson and go fully covered.  Not because I have hot bees, but because I have a tendency to hack them off by blundering somehow or I may pick the wrong day or time of day to get in.  I do not wear gloves anymore but they are with me if I need them.  Same with a smoker... it's there, ready, if I need it.

     The bees seem to leave my hands alone ... kow!!!  For now anyway.

Since my clothes are home made I will drop to a just a jacket with attached hood, when I can afford it. Wink

UUUhhhh D2...
Logged

Everyone said it couldn't be done. But he with a chuckle replied, "I won't be one to say it is so, until I give it a try."  So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin.  If he had a worry he hid it and he started to sing as he tackled that thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.  (unknown)
Pages: 1 2 3 [All]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Beemaster's Beekeeping Ring
Previous | Home | Join | Random | Next
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines | Sitemap Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.973 seconds with 21 queries.

Google visited last this page July 20, 2014, 02:41:36 PM