Two bees on a sunflower petal.

Introduction to Beekeeping

Guernsey Noble Beekeepers August 12, 2023

Fear of Bee Stings

  • You can dress to reduce the chance of being stung.
  • The bee sting is a defensive behavior of honey bees. Most often it is used in defense of the hive.

Honey Bees can be Aggressive

  • During bad weather
  • When being harrassed by skunks
  • Protecting their honey during a dearth (Aug-Sep)
  • Queens can be aggressive genetically, causing the hive to be aggressive

Recommendations for the New Beekeeper

  • Jacket with attached veil
  • Gloves
  • Protective Clothing
  • Closed footwear
  • Smoker to help control bee behavior

Why Honey Bees are Important

  • Pollination
  • Products such as:
    • Honey
    • Wax
    • Propolis
    • Royal Jelly
  • Bee stings for apitherapy

What to Look for in an Apiary Location

  • Restrictions on use of our property (local laws)
  • Nearby water source (Be aware of pools)
  • Landlord permission if renting
  • Enough space so bees do not interfere with neighbors

Other Considerations

  • Household members with bee venom allergies