John and the Coastal crew show you how to stay safe while working with bees.
What You Need for Safe Beekeeping
To help add safety to your beekeeping, Coastal carries Harvest Lane Honey suits, veils, gloves, and jackets. In addition, you’ll also want:
- Beekeeping hood
- Long sleeve shirt
- Long pants
- Leather gloves
- Hive tool
How to Put on a Beekeeping Suit
If you have a full suit, you’ll unzip the front of the suit and put your feet through the leg openings. Leg zippers allow you to put it on over large boots. To put on the jacket, pull on the arms and zip it up. However, it’s important that you leave the collar up to protect your neck. Next, pull the veil over to cover your head and face. Finally, zip everything up and use the veil flap to keep the zippers down. This will keep bees out of your hood. To protect your hands, put on a pair of Harvest Lane Honey gloves.
Coastal tip: For best results, and to keep from getting stung, your beekeeping suit should be baggy. Buy a suit or jacket that is 2 sizes larger than your regular-sized shirt. If you wear a Large shirt, buy a double extra-large beekeeping suit.
Coastal is Your Beekeeping Headquarters
You’ll find Harvest Lane Honey beekeeping gear, boxes, tools and more at your West Coast-owned and operated Coastal. Stop by and our in-store experts will help you go home with everything you need.