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If you see a dryer sheet in your mailbox, your mail carrier put it there for a reason
Mail carriers came up with a clever hack to help keep your mailbox safe.
Jessica
08.29.21

Have you ever found a dryer sheet in the back of your mailbox?

It’s most common in deep, street-side mailboxes. And it’s likely because your mail carrier put it in there.

U.S. postman Chris Strickley has encountered his fair share of pests since he began his job almost 6 years ago – but one of the most irritating by far has to be the various different critters that are angry about his presence. And no, we don’t mean dogs.

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He came up with a great hack and posted it to Reddit, where it quickly went viral.

The Reddit post titled, “If you randomly see a dryer sheet in the back of your mailbox, your mail carrier put it there for a reason,” explained exactly why some mail carriers swear by this unique hack.

During the warmer weather of the spring and summertime, flying insects like yellow jackets and wasps make nests in mailboxes.

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Since they’re fairly cold at night and the back of them usually remains undisturbed, mailboxes are the perfect shelter for these pesky insects.

Having a nest of stinging insects in your mailbox sounds pretty annoying – but we especially feel for the mail carriers who might not be aware of the nest until it’s too late.

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Strickley found that he was getting stung countless times throughout the warmer months, and he found the perfect hack for getting rid of the offending critters. But for it to work, other people were going to have to get on board.

That’s why he took to Reddit to share his hack with the world.

“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 3-5 Yellowjackets just chillin,” he wrote. “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.”

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The 31-year-old mailman revealed that he was stung on 10 separate occasions in the last year!

Luckily, he found the perfect solution at just the right time: dryer sheets!

It turns out that this unlikely material does a great job at keeping the bees and wasps away from people’s mailboxes.

“I began to see dryer sheets in people’s mailboxes at the start of spring,” Strickley recalled. “At first, I was confused but just left them in there. Later on, I noticed my supervisor had a box of them on their desk and would see other carriers taking handfuls out.”

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“That’s when I finally asked why they were supplying them to us and found out they are a good deterrent for wasps and yellowjackets. Ever since then, they’re a normal part of my spring and summer.”

For some unknown reason, bees and wasps can’t stand scented dryer sheets.

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Just one little sheet is enough to quickly clear a nest out of your mailbox, or deter insects from building a nest there in the first place.

If you ever open your mailbox and find that it contains a dryer sheet, don’t be confused- as your mailman is actually doing you a favor!

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The best thing to do is to leave the sheet in there to help keep the pesky critters away.

“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,” Strickley wrote.

The more you know!

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By Jessica
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Jessica is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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