She thought she saw a few bees flying around.
But Frieda Turkmenilli had no idea that 50,000 of them were calling the ceiling of her Elmhurst apartment, home.
"How did they get there? Where did they come from?" she said Thursday. "I was shocked."
She had noticed some bees around the Queens apartment over the past few weeks, but it was other neighbors who complained to building manager Mike Candan. The bees were removed humanely and will be relocated to a bee farm. 17 Honeycombs that were made by the bees were removed and taken to the bee farm.
"It's pretty amazing to think they found this one little hole, and they went in and set up shop, and started making honey," Candan said.
To solve the problem, Candan called in Anthony Planakis and Larry Stone. The two professional beekeepers 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."
Beekeepers like Planakis use high-tech devices like a thermal imaging camera to locate heat increases and determine where the bees might be hiding. But the two experts were pretty surprised at what they found. Thousands of bees had settled in.
"They're gonna go out and find a suitable home, and come back to the swarm and relay the message," said Planakis. "And they're gonna go to that location."
The bees were removed in the end, however, along with more than a dozen honeycombs. They will be relocated to a happier life at a farm upstate.
And Turkmenilli? Well, she said she kind of misses the little guys. "Yeah! I would love to have had them and had honey, you know?"
FRIEDA TURKMENILLI: "Oh my goodness, hoowwww on Earth did all these bees get in here... I just had no idea! Yes, yes please Mr. bee keeper man, take them all away! But make sure you save me some of that honey! Hahahaha...."
Closes the door behind them and immediately turns her back against the shut door, wide eyed with fury. She stares at the hole in her ceiling before letting out a Herculean cry of rage
FRIEDA: "NNOOOOO!!! DAMN YOU APARTMENT 3A, DAMN YOU!!"
Races to her room and ascends the ladder in her closet leading to her secret bee war room. She evaluates the damage. A few bits of honeycomb and bee limbs scatter the area. The familiar buzz of her once powerful swarm of death and destruction is now gone. Replaced by a disgustingly peaceful silence.
FRIEDA: "We were.... we were so... so close..."
She puts her head in her hands and weeps. Soon, the tears are replaced with a menacing chuckle. The chuckle turns in to an uncontrollable laugh. She crawls over to her giant bee shrine and grabs a bottle of bee pheromone. She sprays it maniacally all about the once proud space.
FRIEDA: "So, you think you've stopped me, do you? You think that removing my precious minions from me will thwart the inevitable swarm of evil and destruction that is destined to take over this doomed city? Oh just you wait, New York. Just you wait..."
Crawls over to the the area above apartment 3A's ceiling. She peeks through the vent* and sees the pesky little Irish tenant eating on his couch. She pulls out a wooden stake carved in the shape of a bee stinger and grins before crashing through the vent with a blood curdling shriek.
... If that isn't the exact scene that popped in to your head after seeing this lady in the video (click here if it didn't embed), then you just don't get it.
* Do ceilings have vents?