When beekeeper's go to work they have essential tools needed to keep themselves safe because having a couple hundred bee-stings can be fatal. This is why it's important that beekeeper's practice and exercise safety.
First and foremost beekeeper's must wear protective suits that are supposed to be puncture and sting proof because there are cases where the bees will swarm and have covered beekeeper's from head to toe. They wear a mesh screen face protector to protect their face from the bees when they're flying around. They also use a smoker to calm the bees down.
Something about the smoke that causes them to be docile and to stay where they are. This is to allow the beekeeper time to collect honey or to check the hives to make sure they're where they should be in the honey production process. Beekeeper's normally keep their hives in a secluded wooded area, so that bees can come and go and not pose a threat to anyone coming and going. Beekeeper's also have a crowbar like tool to scrape the honey since it can be tough to remove from the honeycomb.
Beekeepers can find thousands of different companies on the Internet that provide supplies to beekeeper's like comb cutters, grafting tool (used in prying the layers of honey comb apart scraping honey off the comb), cages to capture the queen, and different types of hive settings that can be flat, elevated to upright where they slide out.
Other items beekeeping companies sell are containers that the honey is packed one of the most popular item is the bear, since bears are known to love honey.
Beekeeper's also have to watch for things like pests that feed on honeybees by using certain kinds of feeds to keep them healthy since bees are a constant threatened by mites and various kinds of pests that feed on them. Beekeeper's treat beehives for things like moths and flies that feed on the honeycombs and flies can carry diseases since they feed on animal manure and compost material. This can destroy a honeybee colony.
The suits beekeeper's wear are fairly inexpensive no more than $50, so it makes it easier for beekeeper's to maintain an effective hold on their supplies cost. The hard thing is that the biggest expense is keeping their beehives pest free. It's difficult because the hives are located in high pest areas and in secluded wooded areas that make them prone to birds and other pests. This is the riskiest part of beekeeping, the expense beekeeper's face in maintain healthy beehives. Beekeeper's have to apply scientific knowledge for them to make what they do work well and to last them the entire season when they harvest honey and beeswax.