There are almost as many options for beekeeping veils on the market as there are beekeepers. Regardless of who you talk to each person will have their favorite version. So what are veils for and what should you look for when purchasing one?
Veils are usually made of some sort of screen and either is a one part system that is closed on top or something that fits over a hat with a brim.
All veils will have some way of securing about your body to keep bees out of the veil and away from your face. It could be that your veil has a drawstring to do this or it may zip into a beekeeping suit.
A veil is an extremely important part of a beekeepers personal safety equipment. Not only could you get stung in the eye (it’s happened!) without a veil but having bees buzzing around your eyes and ears while doing a hive inspection isn’t an ideal situation, especially for a beginner.
Whatever type of veil you choose keep these things in mind:
- An extremely inexpensive veil likely won’t hold up to years of use. It might be OK to get you started but plan on upgrading to something that is higher quality at some point in the near future.
- The veil needs to hold the screen or protective fabric away from your head and neck to work. Simply placing netting on the top of your head won’t keep a bee from stinging you through the net.
- If you’ll be traveling with your veil either to a field or elsewhere make sure it folds down or is stable enough to handle the slightly more intense abuse.
Each person will have a veil they like the best and in the end it’s up to you what works best.
What type of veil do you have and do you like it?