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Woman Finds 35,000 Bees Living In Her Ceiling (Photos)

| by Alex Scarr

A woman in Brooklyn, New York, noticed honey was dripping from the walls in her apartment, so she called a local beekeeper to figure out where the bees were living.

The beekeeper found a massive colony of 35,000 bees had formed in the ceiling of her home, creating mounds and mounds of honeycomb and a large supply of honey.

Cherisse Mulzac started thinking she may have a bee problem when one of them stung an allergic neighbor and suspicious beads of honey were appearing on her walls, according to the New York Post. Concerned, she called local beekeeper Mickey Hegedus to figure out the problem.

When Hegedus arrived, he began by carving a 4-foot piece out of the ceiling to get to what he believed to be the colony. When he discovered the massive hive populated by 35,000 bees, he was stunned.

"It was a big shock," said Hegedus, reports the Daily Mail. Hegedus said the bees were likely there for a few years without Cherisse's knowledge, crafting their massive hive in total secrecy.

"I haven't seen anything this big in a long time and I have never pulled them out with that much honey," Hegedus said.

Cherisse lives in the apartment with her adult son, Stuart, and they both had no idea the colony of bees was literally right above their heads.

"When you see so many, you just feel like they’re crawling on you," Stuart told the New York Post. "It’s spooky that they could live here all these years and we had no idea -- you can’t even hear them."

Stuart, who works as a car valet, said the entire incident felt so strange, it ought to have been a fictional story.

"It felt like it was the National Geographic Channel," he said. "It was almost like we were in a movie like ‘Attack of the Bees.’ I couldn’t believe it."

After Hegedus finished taking care of most of the bees, he left the Mulzacs with a gift: 70 pounds of fresh, homemade honey.

"It’s literally 100 percent all natural, probably better than the stuff you can get in the store. Homemade,” Stuart said.

Hegedus agreed with Stuart's assessment and even went further to say that city bees produce cleaner, better honey than bees who live in rural areas. Rural bees often seek nectar from plants treated with pesticides, while city bees are able to get their nectar free from contaminants.

"Cherisse kept most of [the honey]," Hegedus said, reports Metro. "I took a lot out and I kept around 20 pounds for the bees because they needed some of it back."

The bees were transported safely to a designated area 2 miles from the Mulzacs' home, where they will live in Hegedus' garden.

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