Today’s tip for backyard beekeepers: Don’t wear sandals.

The bees in our backyard fly around our raised beds to drink water from lettuce leaves and soak up moisture from the black composted soil. They also wander around the grass here and there, grass we don’t bother to mow, and so it’s easy for the bees to inadvertently crawl onto our feet while we’re standing there digging the weeds in the garden. And if I’m wearing sandals, it’s easy for a bee to get stuck under a strap, freak out and sting me. The pain from a honey bee sting isn’t too bad compared to most stinging insects. But when they first get you, it hurts. One of them got me about five minutes ago.

One Response to “No Sandal Zone”

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  1. Mil says:

    Or crocs, even with socks! I was weeding behind the hives one day, and one of the girls, who was foraging in some delish ground cover, walked under my heel and stung me.

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