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Offline MT Bee Girl

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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #20 on: February 10, 2017, 10:54:57 am »
I bought some duraflock on the recommendation of divemaster and have not looked back. Yep they cause hands to sweat a lot but have great dexterity.

http://www.beemaster.com/forum/index.php?topic=49052.msg426573#msg426573

I've finally bought some of these too. Can't wait to try them out. I've been using some ventilated goat skin gloves. I like them too.
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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #21 on: April 18, 2017, 11:48:28 pm »
I would like to work around the bees and not wear all the gear.
The next time I inspect the hive, I am going to just use smoke at the beginning and as necessary and see how it goes.
Last full inspection, I had long sleeve shirt, veil, and cotton gloves, not one Bee came near me.

When you watch video clips, many Beekeepers wear nothing, like The Fat Beeman, J P the Beeman, and many others.
Look at clips of J P the Beeman, he is removing huge wild colonies and never wears protection.
Do stingers go through latex / nitrile surgical gloves?

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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2017, 01:32:05 am »
>I would like to work around the bees and not wear all the gear.

Wear what you are comfortable with.  But I would advise to always protect your face.

>The next time I inspect the hive, I am going to just use smoke at the beginning and as necessary and see how it goes.

A little smoke goes a long way.  If you smoke them to much they can get a bit upset.  Typically they just need enough to distract them from what you are doing.

>Last full inspection, I had long sleeve shirt, veil, and cotton gloves, not one Bee came near me.

When your hive(nuc) is small there aren't enough guard bees to waste attacking you.

>When you watch video clips, many Beekeepers wear nothing, like The Fat Beeman, J P the Beeman, and many others.
Look at clips of J P the Beeman, he is removing huge wild colonies and never wears protection.

Even JP has a full suit handy for the mean hives.  And most of the Fat Beeman videos I've seen he's dealing with a smaller hive.  Experience will tell you when the bees are in a pissy mood.

>Do stingers go through latex / nitrile surgical gloves?

I don't know the answer about the gloves since I've never worn gloves when working my hives.  I do take the occasional sting on the hands though. 

 

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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2017, 09:23:01 am »
I have some heavy 22 mil gloves That I use on bad hives and cut outs. Just working hives I usually go bare on casual inspections, but on a real inspection I use 9mm nitril gloves that are reusable BUT they CAN sting through them.  Goodluck Captain

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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2017, 10:46:42 am »
I quit wearing nitrile gloves after I got stung through them.  (very sweaty)  I only wear a veil and light colored shirt and use smoke. I get a sting one in a while. Oh well.
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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2017, 01:24:50 pm »
Ohhh there are times JP wears a suit.... he gauges the pissyness of the bees  :wink: The other fellow you mentioned... keep your bees on a constant feed of sugar and you too could have stingless bees...  :shocked:
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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2017, 02:18:33 pm »
Part of JP trick is he smokes himself up real good before working the bees.
A new trick I just started is smoking the bees 10 minutes before I work on a hive. Then I smoke it 30 seconds before opening it. Even my strongest hives are gentle after following this procedure.
Jim
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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #27 on: April 19, 2017, 04:41:09 pm »
Part of JP trick is he smokes himself up real good before working the bees.
Does he have scubba equipment?  LOL
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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #28 on: April 19, 2017, 05:02:05 pm »
Anyone have a link to the ventilated goatskin gloves?


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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #29 on: April 19, 2017, 05:03:05 pm »
A new trick I just started is smoking the bees 10 minutes before I work on a hive. Then I smoke it 30 seconds before opening it. Even my strongest hives are gentle after following this procedure.
Jim

Yes, this is what Michael B recommends and it does work really well.

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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2017, 06:21:07 pm »
Part of JP trick is he smokes himself up real good before working the bees.
A new trick I just started is smoking the bees 10 minutes before I work on a hive. Then I smoke it 30 seconds before opening it. Even my strongest hives are gentle after following this procedure.
Jim

Good idea. Do you suite up much when doing this?

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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #31 on: April 19, 2017, 09:10:50 pm »
Part of JP trick is he smokes himself up real good before working the bees.
A new trick I just started is smoking the bees 10 minutes before I work on a hive. Then I smoke it 30 seconds before opening it. Even my strongest hives are gentle after following this procedure.
Jim

Similar to what I have been doing but just waiting 1-2 minutes, now I will wait lol ng ER after initial smoking.
Last full inspection, after smoking, I set the smoker on the table beside the hive and I noticed that a light bit of smoke was coming out of smoker and wafting across the top of the hive so I put it down so it wasn't smoking the hive too much.
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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #32 on: April 19, 2017, 09:34:49 pm »
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I noticed that a light bit of smoke was coming out of smoker and wafting across the top of the hive.

Perfect,  How do you train the smoke?  I put mine on the hive next to the one I am working and it ignores the hive I am working on and goes right in my eyes or nose.  Then I get mad and move it ten ft away.  The smoke is more annoying then the stings.
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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #33 on: April 19, 2017, 09:40:03 pm »
Part of JP trick is he smokes himself up real good before working the bees.
A new trick I just started is smoking the bees 10 minutes before I work on a hive. Then I smoke it 30 seconds before opening it. Even my strongest hives are gentle after following this procedure.
Jim

Good idea. Do you suite up much when doing this?
I did the first time I tried it on my agressive hive then found out that I did not need it. I took that hive apart last weekend, to split it, with no suit and they were as calm as the rest of my hives.
Jim
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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #34 on: April 20, 2017, 09:10:17 am »
Part of JP trick is he smokes himself up real good before working the bees.
A new trick I just started is smoking the bees 10 minutes before I work on a hive. Then I smoke it 30 seconds before opening it. Even my strongest hives are gentle after following this procedure.
Jim

Good idea. Do you suite up much when doing this?
I did the first time I tried it on my agressive hive then found out that I did not need it. I took that hive apart last weekend, to split it, with no suit and they were as calm as the rest of my hives.
Jim

Interesting stuff. I hope to never have very aggressive hives but good to know if I do.

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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #35 on: April 20, 2017, 09:27:10 am »
I find that bees can sting through leather.  I simply put on 3 pairs of  5 ml nitrile and not sure if they can't get a grip or it is adequate, but I don't get the stings and I can feel things like bees bumping.  So again, the cheapest works best for me.  Just have to be careful the sleeves cover them well.
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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #36 on: April 21, 2017, 01:04:11 am »
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I noticed that a light bit of smoke was coming out of smoker and wafting across the top of the hive.

Perfect,  How do you train the smoke?  I put mine on the hive next to the one I am working and it ignores the hive I am working on and goes right in my eyes or nose.  Then I get mad and move it ten ft away.  The smoke is more annoying then the stings.

I had a lucky breeze in the right direction........no skill involved.
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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #37 on: April 25, 2017, 11:52:57 pm »
I might just get some good goat skin gloves. I am not allergic to stings but don't particularly like them either. I would just rather protect my hands.
Yes, me too.  I prefer working without gloves, but I don't like getting stung.  I try not to use them, but think I will more often than I do.
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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #38 on: April 26, 2017, 11:32:05 am »
I might just get some good goat skin gloves. I am not allergic to stings but don't particularly like them either. I would just rather protect my hands.
Yes, me too.  I prefer working without gloves, but I don't like getting stung.  I try not to use them, but think I will more often than I do.

Yeah stings are no fun. I wear gloves because I don't like getting stung/

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Re: Bee gloves
« Reply #39 on: April 27, 2017, 04:16:04 am »
Yesterday I did a full inspection, added a frame and a top feeder without protection and was very comfortable and so were the ladies.
Bought my first NUC April 7, 2016.
Like all you when you first started, I am fascinated with beginning Beekeeping and trying to learn all I can.
I retired May 2015 and have added this to my short list of hobbies.