As a boy I remember a few feral be hives and they did quite well without any tampering by humans. I realize that the bee population is suffering from many diseases but generally I have decided to leave my hives alone as a much as possible.I did feed with syrup and today removed the top feeders. I checked a few frames in each of my 8 hives since the packages were installed about 2 weeks ago. From this point on I am leaving them alone with the exception of a check in another 10 days to determine if they need another deep. It is possible that a few hives may have a queen problem, drone laying, mites or some other issue, but so BEE it. I don't think there are any insects, or mammals that would enjoy having their homes disturbed especially with an application of smoke. So even though a few issues may develop, I have decided no chemicals and no disturbing of the hives except for limited periodic looks. I live in Illinois but last week was in Arizona and watched the feral bees work on a variety of plant material and no one smoked them, introduced chemicals,or continuously inspected their nests. I am sure this doesn't sit well with most bee keepers, but I am certain my bees will have any environment as a close to natural as possible these days. I am not any kind of scientist but I believe if the major bee keepers who ship thousands of hives all over the country into every type of contaminated agricultural crop area stopped their operations, we would have a smaller but healthier bee population. Unfortunately where do you think your package bees come from and what kind of contamination resides in those bee package boxes? I was told all bees have mites,however, any insect would have mites if it was one of 10,000 bees squeezed into a box with other infested bees, and once in our hives those mites have a great place to live and eat.Take a look at any of the catalogs of bee suppliers, there are pages of chemicals listed, almost beginning to look like a medical journal. But when farming and bee keeping became big business, along with financial success came some rather sick bees and livestock, and yes humans.I hope there are other who share my thoughts.