Melissophobia (or Apiphobia) – Fear Of Bees
This article was first published in the newsletter of The British Beekeepers’ Association (No. 222 – April 2015).
I feel I need to come clean. I have mixed emotions when inspecting bees, alternating between delight and wonder, to slightly nervous and occasional panic.
Melissophobia is an unreasonable fear of bees. Surely, there should be a word for a reasonable fear? With a particularly aggressive colony, my fear seems rea… Read More
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Beekeeping can either be a full time profession or a simple hobby. However, more often than not, what started as a hobby would become a profession. But you cannot just tell and decide yourself you will start to do beekeeping. You need to have sufficient knowledge and understanding on the area that you are going to enter before starting on any avocation or profession. Then it is about time to indulge yourself in your line of interest if you really have been putting off your interest in beekeeping for quite a long time. Bee farming may not seem difficult; by learning the fundamental beekeeping lessons, you can be got off to a great beginning.
What does a beekeeper should understand?
On beekeeping to begin at the right foot first, you should have interest that is complete. You must spend time taking care of your own colonies of bees. You should also have agreed to share your home space with the bees. There are potential dangers in beekeeping that can damage not only you but your family too. Your focus is not just to build an income by selling honey; a good beekeeper should have a keen interest and fire in raising bees.
An apiarist ought to know the right location for the beehives. You need to make sure beekeeping is allowed in your town if you decide to set your beehives at your backyard. There are several areas limited to beekeeping; you have to get permission about this.
Beekeepers must know whether beekeeping supplies are offered in the place where the beehives are situated. When you need to attend a local beekeeping store you may never know; it is best that a nearby beekeeping shop is not inaccessible.
Protective gear and equipment are also very important to beekeepers to understand. Beekeepers are prone to bee stings; the proper ensemble must be worn during beekeeping sessions. Understand the right kind of suit to select to keep you from any possible risk in beekeeping.
In case you are incapable to harvest honey all the beekeeping attempts would be ineffective. A beekeeper should know the procedures in collecting the honey in the comb; beeswax is also part of the returns in beekeeping.