The spring and summer months are mostly anticipated and enjoyed by people across the United Kingdom as the time of year in which temperatures are generally at their highest. Although the weather remains unpredictable, general sunshine and radiant weather are at their most prominent and allow people to enjoy the great outdoors. The glorious sunshine and clear skies also provide perfect conditions for insects to receive an invaluable food source from flowers and plants during the pollination process. This promotes an increase in the presence of bees and wasps that, like humans and animals, depend on plants for their own respective purpose.
Bees and wasps search for pollinating plants to collect nectar and pollen to remain alive and reproduce. Beekeepers utilise the collection of pollen by storing bees in hives where they can keep their nectar which can be utilised to produce honey. This can be achieved for a person’s own personal gain, or be sold to fellow local residents in the area to establish a small scale business that can be profitable via effective beekeeping techniques.
Although keeping bees can be an enjoyable venture towards producing tasty honey, it comes with considerable risks. Like wasps, bees carry a powerful sting in their tail which can cause considerable pain when coming into contact with human flesh. Additionally, bees can become naturally protective of their habitat when kept in a hive to harvest their nectar.
It is for these reasons that adequate protection is essential to any beekeeper who wishes to utilise nectar stored by bees in a safe manner. Beekeeping suits should be worn at all times to protect all areas of the body from bee stings. This should include a head guard and full body suit made from strong materials to prevent bees from stinging any part of the body with their tail. Without adequate protection, beekeepers can end up with multiple stings to their body when dealing with bees in their hives and extracting frames to remove the honey.