First time you will get stung a few times. Tips to lessen your chances are use full gear until you are use to being around them. The comfortable you are the agitated the get. Don't over smoke one or two puffs at the entrance an at the top is all that is need. Always work the hive in the midday hours when most of the hive is out foraging. If you do get stung smoke the sting area it disrupt the attack pheromone that is emitted from the stinger. As you work the bee you discover more. I also suggest if you get a lot of stings at once keep take an antihistamine pill just because your not allergic to a bee sting doesn’t mean you won’t get any side affects if you get injected with enough poison. .
I get stung almost everyday that I work the hives but usually its only one or two stings and I may go several weeks without a sting.
I do wear a suit and veil but I hate heavy beekeeper gloves so I wear those thin nitrile throw away "purple" gloves. The bees dont sting through the gloves unless I squeeze someone when picking up a frame.
I love my bees... I dont like getting stung. If you take your time, move slowly, etc - being stung doesnt have to be a barrier to beekeeping but if you handle several hives..you will get stung occassionally.
Beekeeping for Dummies. Great book, straight-forward approach, and plenty of photos and illustrations. I keep my copy next to my recliner. I've read lots of beekeeping books and found this one to be the best.
Pam... think of getting stung in the same way you would if you grew roses. You do get stuck by the thorns sometimes but you enough the roses so much it is worth it. But if you are a beekeeper.. you will get stung. I dont want to scare you away from beekeeping but I want to be truthful too !