How to Not Know There Are 50,000 Bees Living in Your Ceiling

Lessons from one New York woman's inadvertent foray into urban beekeeping. 

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A woman in Elmhurst, New York, recently discovered she had 50,000 roommates. Really annoying ones that kept buzzing around and never had the rent on time. They were bees. Fifty thousand bees. They had made themselves at home in Frieda Turkmenilli's ceiling. They'd become so comfy that they had even started making honey. 

She had seen a couple of bees around her apartment over the past few weeks, but nothing alarming. Her neighbors, on the other hand, were overwhelmed by the bees and complained to the apartment-building manager. 

Turkmenilli is as confused by this as anyone. "How did they get there? Where did they come from?" she said on WABC. "I was shocked."

Though her ceiling was effectively turned into a giant honey factory, Turkmenilli doesn't seem to mind. She's going to miss them. "I would love to have had them and had honey, you know?"

This post originally appeared on The Wire, an Atlantic partner site.

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