NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York City woman had some unexpected roommates living in her apartment: 50,000 bees.

As WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reported, beekeepers removed the swarm from Frieda Turkmenilli’s ceiling this week after her neighbors in Queens alerted the building manager.

“They had some kind of infrared device so when he went with the infrared into your bedroom he said, ‘Oh my god, you have a hive in your ceiling,'” she said.

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

“I didn’t really pay that much attention. I just let them fly around. But then the tenants above and the tenants below have allergies, so they got very concerned and they complained,” Turkmenilli said.

The removal process took about five hours, Turmenilli said.

The beekeepers say the bees and the 17 honeycombs they built are headed to an upstate farm.

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

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