Quick background: Second-year noobie beekeper here; last year I started too late and my colony didn't make it over the winter. Langstroth hive.
I installed a new package of bees + queen on Saturday. Our weather has been bad here lately-- down to the low 30s, upper 20s at night, and cold and rainy during the day... I was a little concerned, but they seemed to be quite active yesterday afternoon when it hit 50 or so.
HOWEVER (and there's always a however, right?), I am using a new screened bottom board this year (last year I used a traditional solid board), and somehow one of the sides warped convexly after it was painted, leaving a small gap along the back corner of the hive. I didn't notice this until I was installing the package. Well, my bees have decided that they're going to use that gap as the entrance, instead of the regular hive entrance (which I currently have reduced to the smallest size).
I plan on checking on the release of the queen after work today, and I'm wondering if I can just duct-tape-close this gap. I assume I do not want them to use the gap as the entrance, since there is no easy way to change the size of it. And since I rarely will need to separate the bottom board from the box, I'm thinking duct tape might be just fine.
Any advice? Thoughts?
Thanks in advance.