Can Bees Sting Through Jeans?

In a perfect world, we’d all be able to run around in little shorts and t-shirts while enjoying nature. Unfortunately, the real world means that you have to find ways to protect yourself from stinging insects like bees. 

While some people think that the thickness and durability of jeans are enough to protect them from bee stings, this is not actually true. Bee stings are penetrating enough to go through jeans and other clothing. 

If you’ve ever wondered if bees can sting through jeans or what kind of clothing is best for keeping bees away from your skin, then this article is for you!

How bees sting through jeans

You may be surprised to learn that bees can sting through jeans. But they can also sting through cotton, wool and other materials.

This is because bees use their stingers to inject venom into the skin of their prey or enemies in order to protect themselves. The stinger contains two sharp needles made up of the same material as human hair and nails—keratin—which are attached to a venom sac (the part of your body responsible for making protein). 

If you’re wearing jeans at the time, there will be a barrier between them and your skin. However, if you don’t think about it when dressing for work one day, maybe rethink your outfit choice.

What other material can bees sting through?

Bees can sting through jeans, cotton, nylon, polyester, wool, and silk. They can also sting through leather and rubber.

This is because bees have a stinger that’s actually made of a sharp metal tip. Another part of their tail has an enlarged end that acts like an arrow that delivers venom into their victim when they stab it with their stinger!

What should you wear to protect yourself from bee stings?

There are specific types of protective equipment you can wear to protect yourself from bee stings, which we will discuss below:


If you’re planning to work in the yard, you might want to consider wearing a veil. Veils are made of netting or mesh and fit over your face like an apron. They keep bees away from your face and neck, but they don’t stop them from stinging other parts of your body. Bees can still get through veils if they’re small enough or fly low enough.

Veil styles come in two types: hanging and stretchable. Hanging veils drape over your shoulders like an apron, while stretchable ones go around all four sides of your head and neck (like a hoodie). Some people prefer stretching because it keeps their backs covered as well as their faces. However, this makes it hard to see what you’re doing since there’s no gap between the top of the veil and where it meets around the back of their necks!

Both kinds of veils can be made from nylon or polyester, which is easier for itchy bee allergies than cotton fabrics will be when worn close against bare skin during the hot summer months when sweating profusely outside for hours at a time before going inside again!


You’ll need to make sure your helmet is the right size and shape for you. In general, helmets are designed to fit people with a head circumference of between 20.5 and 23 inches (53 cm to 58 cm).

The following steps will help you ensure that your helmet fits properly:

  • Put on the helmet and adjust it so that it feels comfortable on your head and snug against the skin of your cheeks at the jawline level (not too tight). The front edge should rest about 1/8 inch above your eyebrows when wearing eye protection.
  • Place both hands on top of each lower side of the chin strap buckle; press down slightly until you feel its anchor snap into place under the chin/jawbone.
  • Lift helmet straight up so the chin strap is taut against the face; adjust the rear adjuster until the fit is firm but comfortable.

Bee suits

A bee suit is made of thick material designed specifically with protecting against insect stings in mind. This means that it blocks both direct contact with bees as well as any venomous fluids released by their stingers when they pierce human flesh (the latter being something like what happens when someone gets bitten by a mosquito). 

Because there’s no way for bees’ barbed mouthparts to penetrate through such dense layers of fabric and canvas—or whatever else may go into making up this type of attire—bees won’t be able to bite through it either! This makes wearing one almost foolproof when compared with other forms.

However, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself from bee stings that don’t involve a bee suit. For example, you can keep your distance from bees and avoid them altogether. Or, if you must be around them, try wearing protective clothing like long sleeves and pants so that the bees cannot easily get to your skin (though this will not completely prevent them from stinging). If these options don’t work for you, however, a bee suit is an effective alternative.


Gloves are a great option for keeping bees from stinging you. Bees will not sting through gloves, even if you have long nails. If you have short nails, this won’t be an issue for you anyway.

Gloves will also keep other insects from stinging your hands, like yellow jackets and hornets. The only time this might not work is if the glove is made out of a material that can be torn by the insect’s mandibles (for example, leather).

You may not want to wear gloves when working with honey or harvesting it since they can get messy and sticky while handling honeycomb and other comb honey products (like creamed honey). In that case, using netting or clothing that covers your entire body might be a better option than wearing gloves alone.


Some people might think that the answer to this question is “yes,” but the truth is that bees can only sting through your clothing if you are wearing jeans and there are holes in them. 

In fact, bees don’t even like going through fabric at all because it makes their stings less effective at injecting venom. If you want to be safe from getting stung by a honeybee, then wear protective gear such as helmets or veils when working around them so that they don’t accidentally hit your face with their stingers instead of just flying away peacefully out of fear!