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40,000-strong bee colony removed from NYC bedroom

NEW YORK - It wasn't a monster making a ruckus under the floor of a New York City bedroom. But it was still a bit scary.

An expert called to find the source of a loud, buzzing noise found about 40,000 bees in a Queens home.

Retired NYPD Detective Anthony Planakis, known as Tony Bees, was the man for the mission.

The resident of the apartment, Frieda Turkmenilli, told CBS New York: "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.'"

Turkmenilli said 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 said the bees and the 17 honeycombs they built are headed to an upstate farm.

Turkmenilli told CBS New York she already misses them and wishes they had left behind some honey.

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