The chances of killing the queen is minimal/next to nothing if the beekeeper is present and looks over the frame prior to the inspector shaking the bees. I always hand the frame to the beekeeper and ask that he verify no queen is on the frame. The beekeeper appreciates my concern with his bees, and I don't worry about beekeepers making comments/accusations about killing the queen.
And if the beekeeper is present I also use his/her smoker, and hive tool. Many have had good comments about this type of concern shown toward them.
I am sure the level of beekeeping experience is above average on this forum. But in reality the average beekeeper is not knowledgable on screens, fgmo, smallcell, or any other number of items. I also was shocked to learn how many beekeeper were near my operations, and how many had AFB and other problems. Three times last year I was holding frames of AFB from other beekeepers and looking at the next farm over where I had bees. Makes you wonder. I want fellow beekeepers that are not mite farmers, beetle farmers or afb culture labs.
Some states do not have agriculture bases to justify yearly bee inspection budgets. Some states lost the support of the beekeeping community due to being bee police, instead of providing a service that includes education and instruction.
For those states still having an inspection program, there are many positive things to come out of it. First, the beekeeper has an opportunity to meet and learn from an experienced beekeeper. And yes they should stay up on all the latest information. An inspection may mean more time "chatting" than actually looking at bees. Second, the inspector has a chance to learn from you. Many inspectors have taken jobs as inspectors, to rub elbows, learn, and gain experince about the industry. Most commercial beekeepers have been inspectors at one time or another. Third, it gives many beekeepers the opportunity to ride along with an inspector. Many individuals do not have access to bee clubs, or associations. Ask the inspector if they have a ride-along program. Alot of inspectors like the company.
Much research is also conducted with universities, extension ag. programs, and in coordination with inspectors. Many inspectors volunteer thier own resources, as well as other beekeepers, in making some of the research possible. Much of the testing being conducted is not with university beehives but inspectors and beekeepers just like you and me. There are many side benefits to inspection programs.
I can not tell you the number of times a beekeeper of many years, has asked me what a queen cell was, to show him a mite, or what an egg looks like. And almost all did not know they had SHB, AFB, or resistant hives. These beekeepers may be your neighbors. I want my fellow beekeepers to be informaed and inspected. Its good for them, good for me, and good for the industry. I do not know why anyone would not want thier bees looked at, as we all could learn from another.
With all that said, I do not understand why killing bees is chosen over a sugar roll that does not.
The comment about lighter fluid was my bad. The previous information stands regardless of what fluid is spoken of.