M Johnson wrote:I dont know how people pull off no jacket. I’ve seen it done. I saw a guy at Mother Earth do a demonstration with just a veil and did a full inspection.
My bees would sting the @$&:@; out of me without the jacket. I leaned over once and dripped sweat into the hive and they went ballistic.
Maybe it’s handling practices or my pheromones or something. But I would be careful with just a veil.
FYI I have other friends who always suit up too
my guess (based simply on this one post, so take it with a grain of salt) would be your management practices. when I wasn't wearing any suit or veil, I was very careful not to do anything that would upset the bees. that includes probably the majority of conventional beekeeping practices.
I think it made me a better beekeeper because I really had to pay attention and think about how any action would affect the bees. now that I wear a suit (life-threatening allergy), it's a lot easier to remain mindful because I didn't wear it for so long.