Have an interest in bees, but react poorly to hymenopteran stings. Is it infeasible to consider getting into bees at some point in the future?
I live in a rural area and have had significant involvement in agriculture for a long time, but at no point have I (or really anyone near me) kept or dabbled in apiculture. The concept seemed intriguing to me after I first got some insight into it through CodysLab videos, but a couple of factors have dissuaded me from trying some of it for my own.
First is the degree of investment necessary in setup (I am fairly busy with school, work when I'm home, and other self-directed projects); in the event it is something I become unable or unwilling to continue, having a bunch of gear on hand seems like it would be hard to resell.
The other, more pressing one is the fact that I swell up rather badly in reaction to wasp stings, something which has been getting worse as I have gotten older.
I also have some concerns about exacerbating the decline of native small bee and bumblebee species across much of the world, though I am not sure how much small-scale apiculture plays into this process.
I've heard that even if you have sensible practices and are well protected, bee stings here and there are part and parcel of keeping the critters. Given my reactions towards stings, does this make it unsafe to keep them?