Bee tight

By | June 5, 2012

It seems an opportune moment to talk about the “bee tight” concept after my recent sting.

Most people are familiar with objects being “air tight” or “water tight”, to prevent air or water leaking, either in or out.

Its preferable to breed gentle bees, and treat them genltly, than try to protect against angry ones

Its preferable to breed gentle bees, and treat them genltly, than try to protect against angry ones

Bee keepers talk about being “bee tight”.
Before opening the hive, you light your smoker, and put on your bee suit including veil. It’s wise to do this away from the hive, to ensure you are well prepared. You should also light your smoker before putting on your veil, to prevent heat or embers from burning a hole in the fine veil mesh,you dont want a hole bee size hole…

Just before approaching the hive, you might be asked “Am I bee tight?”, meaning “are all my zips and veil enclosed, to make sure no bees can get inside my suit?”.

A quick check prevents a some wild “Danger, Will Robinson!” type arm flailing, and unwanted stings.

Having said this, breeding gentle bees is a preferable approach, rather than wearing a steel diving suit. Bee keeping should be an enjoyable hobby, and selectively breeding gentle bees is the correct approach.


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