- Why Do We Keep Bees? [+]
- Types of Beekeepers
- What Do Beekeepers Do?
- Checking the Hives (Basic Tools)
- Harvesting Honey [+]
- Protecting the Hive [+]
- Record Keeping and Maintenance
- Gathering Information
Most beekeepers wear special clothing to protect themselves from bee stings while they work. They should always wear a hat and veil to avoid stings around the face and eyes, but they can also wear special pants, plus a jacket and gloves. During honey removal, in unfavourable weather and late season, it's most important to be well protected, since bees may be more defensive or aggressive. The suit is usually white, since lighter colours are more calming to bees.
Beekeeper gloves, usually made of leather or canvas, are very thin and pliable to allow the beekeeper more dexterity in working with bees and to reduce the likelihood of accidentally harming them.