Here’s why you might find a dryer sheet inside your mail box

Sandra Salathe
Sunday 16 May 2021 17:03
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Have you found any unexpected items in your mailbox recently?

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If you recently discovered a dryer sheet inside your mailbox, you might be pretty puzzled.

People across the nation have been finding the bizarre addition to their morning mail, but turns out there’s a logical explanation behind it.

Apparently, several postal workers use dryer sheets as a method to avoid getting stung by wasps when delivering mail in residents’ mailboxes.

Because most dryer sheets are strongly scented, they can repel bees on account of them disliking the scent.

Who knew?

“I can’t tell you how many times, especially during this part of the year, where I’ve opened up a box to see a little nest with 3 to 5 yellow jackets just chillin,” one postal worker recently wrote in a Reddit thread.

“If I’m really unlucky, they will have made their nest at the very back of the box so I wind up sticking my hand in not knowing they are there.

“We all know how temperamental these little insects are … Last year alone, I was stung 10 times on 10 separate occasions.”

The mailman, whose username is istrx13, noted the dryer sheet method is a preventative solution to wasps invading your mail box.

If wasps have created a newfound home within your mailbox, the nest needs to be removed immediately by an expert.

“So please, if you one day randomly see a dryer sheet at the back of your mailbox, just know that your carrier more than likely put it there to deter these Satanic creatures from building their home in it,” they added.

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