Beekeepers wear protective clothing called a beekeeper suit to work with bees, which are kept in an apiary for honey, beeswax, and crop pollination. The suit is white to distinguish beekeepers from predators and includes a veil and gloves for protection. Safety training is recommended.
A beekeeper suit is a set of protective clothing worn by people who work with bees. Bees kept by humans are housed in a structure called an apiary. Beekeepers, also called beekeepers, generally work with bees so they can collect and sell honey and beeswax. However, bees are also kept so they can pollinate crops. Some beekeepers raise their bees so they can be sold to other beekeepers.
All the work of a beekeeper must be done with great care. Although most people who are not allergic to bees can survive the sting, even those without any bee allergies can become very ill or die from being attacked by a swarm. For this reason, most beekeepers wear a beekeeper suit. While a beekeeper suit is the first line of defense against stings, anyone who interacts with bees, especially an entire hive of bees, should first complete safety training in bee care and handling.
A beekeeper suit is almost always made completely of white material. This is because most of bees’ natural enemies are dark-furred mammals such as bears. The white fabric of a beekeeper suit is meant to help bees distinguish between beekeepers and predators. The suit is designed to cover the whole body, including the head and hands. It doesn’t always cover your feet, but it’s designed to be tucked into boots or shoes.
One of the most important parts of a beekeeper suit is the veil that is worn over the face. Bee stings to the head and neck generally cause much more irritation than stings to the extremities. While some very experienced beekeepers don’t wear a full suit, most of them always wear a hat and veil.
A complete beekeeper suit includes a pair of gloves made of material similar in color to the rest of the suit. Since your hands are generally the part of your body that will come into closest contact with bees, it’s important to protect them. In some cases where very delicate work is required, it is difficult to put on gloves. Delicate procedures like these are completed by very skilled beekeepers. Sometimes in these cases beekeepers choose not to wear gloves and are very careful not to get stung or to reduce the number of stings.