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Re: RE: [beemonitoring] Question: Anyone know of stingproof but thin gloves?

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  • Anita M Collins, Ph.D.
    hi all, Been away in Maine. Not too many bees, and most of them were in Acadia National Park. I ve had a lot of experience with goatskin beekeeping gloves.
    Message 1 of 4 , Aug 10, 2009
      hi all,
      Been away in Maine.  Not too many bees, and most of them were in Acadia National Park.
      I've had a lot of experience with goatskin beekeeping gloves.  They are my choice, as I handle a lot of queens, especially when we were working with Africanized bees.  WE also used regular rubber gloves, like for dishwashing.  The surface is slippery enough that the bees can't get a grip to set the sting.  Not lab gloves, too thin.
      Anita Collins
      If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research. Albert Einstein

      Aug 10, 2009 11:26:41 AM, mwilso14@... wrote:

      In honey beekeeping, goat skin gloves give the best feel/dexterity, but
      are not 100% sting proof. Cowhide is usually sting proof, but very cumbersome.
      Tightish fitting and thin goat skin is best, but a tight fit always makes
      stings more likely. It would probably be enough though.
      -Michael Wilson

      -----Original Message-----
      From: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Sam Droege
      Sent: Sat 8/8/2009 12:31 PM
      To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [beemonitoring] Question:  Anyone know of stingproof but thin gloves?


      People who are just learning to net collect insects are often hesitant to
      plunge their hand into a net full bees and wasps.  With time, most develop
      ways the eliminate the possibility of stinging, and some realize that even
      in a net most bees and wasps are reluctant to sting unless you grab them
      with your bare hands.  In fact the small ones can simply be picked up and
      put into vials or kill jars and having them crawl on your hand isn't
      something to worry about.   That said, the beginner lacks such confidence
      and others will always remain worried about stinging and this can slow
      down the time it take for them to remove insects from nets and
      consequently their bees per hour is greatly lowered.  These days most of
      our lab's collecting consists of netting for several minutes and then
      removing the wasps and bees all at once by shaking the catch to the tip of
      the net, inserting a tube of soapy water into the net with one hand while
      constricting the net with another hand and then the tube can be moved
      throughout the net until all the insects are in the tube.  This is very
      fast (high bees per hour), but now here there are even more bees and wasps
      to be afraid of.

      I am wondering if a thin glove (leather driving gloves?) would prevent
      stinging without hindering dexterity too much and I would like to add such
      a recommendation to the Handy Bee Manual, but, alas, have no experience
      with such things myself.  I think it would need to be impervious to
      Polistes, Vespula, Bombus, and Apis stings.

      Does anyone have any recommendations?



      Sam Droege  sdroege@...
      w 301-497-5840 h 301-390-7759 fax 301-497-5624
      USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
      BARC-EAST, BLDG 308, RM 124 10300 Balt. Ave., Beltsville, MD  20705

      There was a man who loved bees.
      He always was their friend.
      He used to sit upon their hive.
      But they stung him, in the end.
         -  Nick Wallingford

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