Un-bee-lievable! 50,000 bees invade apartment
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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 who have handled jobs like these 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 that they found thousands of bees had settled in. The insects were removed along with more than a dozen honeycombs and 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?