35,000 bees found in Brooklyn apartment ceiling

- When a Brooklyn woman saw some bees in her bedroom she didn't know she had a whole colony living in her ceiling.

Cherisse Mulzac first started seeing honeybees in her East Flatbush bedroom about a year ago but had no idea where they were coming from.

"The bees started coming," Cherisse said. "I'd come home from work there were like six or seven dead bees on my floor."

So this week she called Mickey the Beekeeper, a third-generation beekeeper.

"I couldn't believe it," Mickey said. "Normally, a hive in a wall or in a ceiling is about half this size, so when I cut in and then I had to cut twice the size of the hole and they were still right there, I couldn't believe it."

On Wednesday, Mickey opened up a 4-foot hole in Cherisse's ceiling to find what he estimates to be 35,000 honeybees. He used a special low-pressure vacuum to safely transport the insects to boxes full of honey. Mickey will set the bees free at a hive in Bedford-Stuyvesant. 

"It's a beekeeper's dream, really, to find a hive so healthy and functional inside the walls that I can then cut out and take home," Mickey said.

His number 1 priority was to make sure nobody gets hurt. No. 2 was to keep the bees safe. No. 3 was to save lots of honey. He saved 40 to 50 pounds of honey and nectar from Cherrise's ceiling.

Mickey responds to about four calls like this a month in the tristate area. If you see bees in your home or hear a buzzing sound, his advice is to call a beekeeper immediately and don't try to spray them or get rid of them on your own.

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