Un-bee-lievable! 50,000 bees invade apartment (- Thinkstock / Reuters)
Un-bee-lievable! 50,000 bees invade apartment
Lexile

A New York City woman had some unexpected roommates living in her apartment: 50,000 bees.

WABC-TV reports beekeepers removed the swarm from Frieda Turkmenilli's ceiling this week after her neighbors in Queens alerted the building manager.

Turkmenilli says she saw only a few bees buzzing around and never realized how many had taken up residence right above her head.

She had noticed some bees around the apartment in the borough of Queens but it was other neighbors who complained to building manager Mike Candan.

"It's pretty amazing to think they found this one little hole, and they went in and set up shop, and started making honey," building manager Mike Candan told WABC of the insects.

Reporter Josh Einiger said that Candan brought in Anthony Planakis and Larry Stone, two professional beekeepers. They have been handling jobs like these - and getting stung - for longer than they'd like to admit. "It's quite painful!" Stone said. "You never get used it."

The beekeepers use equipment like a thermal imaging camera to determine where the bees might be hiding.

But the experts were surprised at what they found. Thousands of bees had settled in. The bees were removed along with more than a dozen honeycombs. They will be relocated to a farm upstate.

Turkmenilli says she already misses them and wishes they had left behind some honey.

Critical thinking challenge: How could 50,000 bees fit through a tiny hole in the ceiling?

Filed Under:  
Assigned 203 times


COMMENTS (105)
  • brandi1018
    8/26/2014 - 12:54 p.m.

    Wow, this is crazy! A good thing is that they get free honey. Something bad could happen like someone allergic could get stung and and they could die if they don't get to the hospital in time. An interesting thing about this is that how all these 50,000 bees fitting into that small little hole. Who ever knew bees could do that so sneaky..

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    8/26/2014 - 10:37 p.m.

    I would never see 50,00 bees in one place. This is a rare chance. I wonder how the beekeepers are going to remove the bees from the roof. How did the bees get inside? I think a queen bee flew inside when a window was open or a queen bee went inside a hole inside a roof and then found a spot for settling in. First there were a few bees flying around. Then, all of a sudden, thousands of bees are spotted inside the roof. I would feel really scared.
    Critical Thinking Challenge: How could 50,000 bees fit through a tiny hole in the ceiling?
    Answer: 50,000 bees fit through a tiny hole because their bodies are small enough and the ceiling might have been full of space so bees go inside the hole and settle in there.

  • mariajose03
    8/27/2014 - 01:40 p.m.

    50,000 bees were living in a New York apartment. The owner had noticed some bees around her apartment but it was other neighbors who complained to building manager. Two beekeepers tried to solve the problem using equipment like a thermal imaging camera to determine where the bees might be hiding. The experts found that thousands of bees had settled in. The bees were removed along with more than a dozen honeycombs.

    It is weird that so many bees were living in the apartment and nobody noticed it. The owner suspected something because she noticed some bees flying around her apartment, however, she did not do anything. On the other hand, some neighbors told the building manager and two beekeepers solved the problem. I think the owner as well as the building manager are responsible for the maintenance of the apartment and in this case they both were irresponsible, especially the woman. Although the honey is delicious and healthy, the bees bite can be painful.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    8/27/2014 - 09:13 p.m.

    I think that this article is amazing and funny at the same time. It is amazing because how could 50,000 bees be able to live in the small hole in the ceiling. I think that it is funny for Turkmenilli to be wanting the bees back even though that the bees are really harmful. Another reason why it is funny is that it wasn't just that bees she missed, she also missed the honeycombs that they collected.
    Critical thinking challenge: How could 50,000 bees fit through a tiny hole in the ceiling?
    Answer: One reason why 50,000 bees might have been able to fit through the tiny hole in the ceiling is that the ceiling hole was very comfortable for the bees.

  • jrangel0623
    8/28/2014 - 04:59 p.m.

    I enjoyed this article because I remembered I shot a water gun at a bee hive. It was a funny memory that day,and a lot of fun getting chased by them. Also the answer to the 50,000 bees fitting through a tiny is probably a queen bee flew in and created a hive.

  • lvega0623
    8/28/2014 - 05:22 p.m.

    How did she find out about the bees in the ceiling ? Did she see them fly around her did they sting her ? How was she alerted about the bees in her ceiling ?

  • genesisb-Stu
    8/29/2014 - 08:46 a.m.

    That is scary my step day is alergic to bees!!!! That is a lot of bees. In that tinny little hole I wander how many queens where in the walls

  • lesliaedo
    8/29/2014 - 03:06 p.m.

    Summary: Something unexpected happened to a NY city woman: 50,000 bees were living in her apartment. It is interesting because she had seen some bees buzzing around, but she never thought that a complete bee army was right above her head. She never complained about it, but some neighbors in Queens did. That's why some professional beekeepers went there and found thousands of bees in the ceiling. They had to use some special equipment like thermal imaging cameras to find the bees. Once they did so, the bees were removed and sent to a farm. The woman now misses the bees.

    Comment: I found it completely impressive that this woman has found a bee army in the place she lives. It's quite funny because she never realized that or felt scared. In my case I think I'd have made an scandal because I hate bees and they really freak me out. Nevertheless, I'm glad that this problem was solved and the woman who lives in that apartment is now safe.

  • ciara20152
    9/02/2014 - 12:46 p.m.

    i don't really know how but maybe because they are small bee's and not wasp and maybe they were making more room by eating through the wall.

  • devon2015
    9/02/2014 - 12:48 p.m.

    There were 50,000 bee's and the woman Turkmenilli never realized that there were so many until the professional beekeepers came in and that there were 50,000 bee's.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT