Queens woman finds 50K bees in attic, brings NYPD’s ‘Tony Bees’ out of retirement

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REGO PARK, QUEENS (PIX11/AP) -- A Queens woman had some unexpected roommates living in her apartment: 50,000 bees.

Beekeepers removed the super swarm from Frieda Turkmenilli's ceiling this week after her neighbors alerted the building manager.

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.

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.

While many would typically flee a scene swarmed with bees, Anthony Planakis, also known as “Tony Bees,” came straight over after Turkmenilli called.

For two decades, Planakis battled unruly bee swarms on behalf of the New York City Police Department. However, to the surprise of many he filed for retirement in August, throwing in the towel on a seasoned career.

“Basically, It was just like ‘been there, done that’ and it’s time to move on,” he told PIX11 News. “It really is time to move on.”

But just like Michael Corleone said - “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”

In Tony Bees’ case, it’s exactly what happened when he was called back to the line of duty Thursday after 50,000 bees took up residency in a ceiling at a Jackson Heights home.

He even called in back-up, his buddy, another bee enthusiast Larry Stone.

While Planakis is easing his way into full-retirement, tending to his own bee hives at his Rego Park home, he says the “buzz” behind his passion will never die.

“You have to understand, just because I retired from one job I don’t retire from my love. That will be with me forever,” he said.