Why waste the money and time? :-\
Most hobby beekeepers do that.
Most of these tricks on forum are such which bees do not need.
Your both right. Finski, I am a hobbyist and Nate, I agree this does take extra time and money. Given my current depth of involvement in beekeeping I'm able to experiment and waste money seeking solutions to problems I may encounter. The SHB was "In my face" more than any other issue I had last year. I just want to find a solution.
I'm able understand that as a keeper of many colonies commercial or side-liners just don't have the time or inclination to play with such things as this. It's a lot like bottom oil traps or things like sloping landing boards or fancy hive stands. I understand that from their perspective and in order to protect their profitability these things are a waste. I'm certainly not advocating that these guys need to rush to implement any of these practices.
I have grown quite attached to these bugs. I enjoy my hobby it gives me an escape from my regular job. Where I work it's dusty, hot and dangerous. With the bees "you can't see the air" and yet, it's not easy. These creatures face issues that they can't overcome by themselves. Oh, I guess with a couple of thousand years natural selection would solve the issues of varroa or SHB. I just don't have that long. In my profession I have to seek solutions to complex problems, come up with ways to make things better and then implement them. This is simply spilling over to my beekeeping. If I could I would dip my hives in hot wax and resin but I just don't have the space for that equipment yet.
Now that you all have a better understanding about where I'm coming from: All I want to know is: What possible harm this could do to my bees.
Everyone, Thank you for your time. I know that it's something all of us are short of.