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June 21, 2022 6 min read

As a beginner, you may be wondering what kind of bee suit you need to purchase in order to keep yourself safe while working with bees. There are a few different factors that you will need to consider when making your decision, including the type of fabric, the style of the suit, and the size. This blog covers everything you'll need from head to toe.

We'll go over the different fit choices, as well as different sizes and material advantages.

Is it really necessary to wear a bee suit?

Honey bees are generally peaceful and will avoid stinging if they can. It's debatable whether or not you need a bee suit. However, having a bee suit is required for most newbies, if not nearly all of them. That is, at least, how we see it.

Wearing a bee costume boosts your self-esteem and produces inner peace. A calm beekeeper is less likely to be stung. That is the basic yet honest explanation for it. If you're cool, your bees are too.

Hat and veil

When choosing head protection, there are a few things to think about. The first thing to consider is whether or not you want your hat and veil to be connected or separate. The sort of headgear you choose is also essential.

The round veil, fencing veil, and square veil are the three types of veils that may be worn. The fencing veil is the type most often worn by professional beekeepers. The square veil is less popular but can also offer good protection. The round veil is great for beginners as it offers the best visibility.

There are several factors to consider before taking action. Fence veils, for example, will have distracting lines that prevent you from seeing. If a beekeeper thinks that the diversion is tolerable, it will depend on their temperament.

 

Separated vs. attached hat and veil

The obvious advantage of a separated veil is that it may be replaced if damaged. You may also select a hat that you like. This can leave a few gaps for the bees to enter, especially if you're not using a veil or headwear with your bonnet.

The seal looks more comfortable with a hat and veil. There are fewer things to be concerned about, making it the most popular choice for novices. If you are not used to working with bees, this is the safest option.

Round vs fencing vs square veil

The round veil is the most common type of veil worn by beekeepers. It is less obtrusive than the fencing veil and offers better visibility. The round veil is also easier to put on and take off.

The fencing veil is the type of veil most often worn by professional beekeepers. It offers more protection than the round veil but can be more difficult to put on and take off. The fencing veil also has distracting lines that can prevent you from seeing.

The square veil is less popular but can offer good protection. It is similar to the fencing veil but does not have distracting lines. The square veil is also easier to put on and take off.

Quality of veil

The quality of the veil is important to consider. The better the quality, the more expensive the veil will be. However, the better the quality, the longer the veil will last. The finer the mesh, the easier it is to see through as a general rule.

Jacket

When choosing a bee suit, you can pick between getting protection for just your torso or your whole body. A jacket will only cover your torso, while a full bee suit will cover your whole body.

The most important thing to consider when choosing a jacket is the type of fabric. Nylon, cotton, and cotton blends such as polycotton are the most popular materials. ventilated or aerated mesh is another type of ventilated mesh.

Nylon

Nylon is the most popular type of fabric for beekeeping jackets. It is lightweight, durable, and easy to clean. Nylon is also less likely to tear than other fabrics.

Polycotton or Cotton

Cotton is a natural fibre that is breathable and comfortable to wear. Cotton is also easy to clean. However, cotton is not as durable as nylon and is more likely to tear. Polycotton is a blend of polyester and cotton. Polycotton is more durable than cotton but not as durable as nylon. Polycotton is also breathable and easy to clean.

Ventilated or aerated mesh

Ventilated or aerated mesh is a type of fabric that has holes in it. This type of fabric is very breathable and helps keep you cool while working with bees. Ventilated or aerated mesh is also easy to clean.

Beekeepers who operate in areas with intense heat can use ventilated bee suits.

Zipper vs. velcro vs. strings

The type of closure you choose for your bee suit will depend on your preference.

Zipper

A zipper is the most popular type of closure for beekeeping jackets. A zipper is easy to use and offers a tight seal. Because it ensures there are no holes, a zipper will give you more protection.

Velcro

Velcro is another popular type of closure for beekeeping jackets. Velcro is easy to use and offers a tight seal.

Strings

Strings are the least popular type of closure for beekeeping jackets. Strings are more difficult to use than zippers or velcro and do not offer a tight seal.

Colour

Most people think that beekeepers can only wear white. However, you can actually wear any light-coloured clothing. Darker colours such as green or blue can also be worn. Wearing darker colours can make it easier to see the bees.

The important thing to remember is that bees are attracted to dark colours. If you are wearing a dark-coloured bee suit, you will need to be extra careful around the bees. At OZ Armour, we have pink, khaki and white bee suits available.

Size

Wear a bee suit that is one size larger than your normal size as a rule of thumb. Don't worry about going overboard. Many beekeepers purchase as big as two sizes bigger!OZ Armour offers a range of sizes from XXS to 8XL.

Gloves

Gloves are an important part of a beekeeper's gear. Gloves protect your hands from stings and make it easier to handle the bees.

Wearing gloves is important for two reasons. First, it will protect your hands from stings. Second, it will prevent you from crushing bees when handling them.

When choosing gloves, you need to decide between leather and Ventilated Mesh.

Beekeeping Gloves

3 Layer Mesh Ventilated Cow Hide Gloves

Our 3-layer mesh ventilated cowhide gloves offer excellent protection from stings. The three layers of the mesh provide ventilation to keep your hands cool. The cowhide leather offers durability and protection from punctures.

Cowhide Ventilated Gloves

Our cowhide ventilated gloves offer excellent protection from stings. The ventilated mesh on the back of the hand provides ventilation to keep your hands cool. The cowhide leather offers durability and protection from punctures.

Extra Strength Professional Quality Gloves

Our professional quality gloves are made of a thicker material that offers extra protection from stings. These gloves are also less likely to tear.

Children Cowhide Ventilated Gloves

Our children's gloves are made of a thinner material that is less likely to tear. The ventilated mesh on the back of the hand provides ventilation to keep their hands cool. The cowhide leather offers durability and protection from punctures.

Ankle Protector

Ankle protectors are made of a thick material that covers the ankles. Ankle protectors help prevent bee stings to the ankles. OZ Armour offers ankle protectors that are made of thick, durable material. The ankle protectors are easy to put on and take off.

Happy Beekeeping NewBee!

A bee costume will be determined by your surroundings (such as if it's winter), personality and priorities, as well as money. There are a few options to consider, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. In the end, the best bee costume is the one that makes you feel comfortable and confident while around bees. Thanks for reading!