Last summer I remember finding a dryer sheet in my mailbox and I kind of laughed it off thinking the mailman had it stuck to his sleeves or something and it came off when he dropped off my mail. Honestly, I never thought about it again until I came across an article where the topic was being covered.

Apparently, I'm not the only one that this has happened to. It's, not all that uncommon to find dryer sheets in your mailbox during the hot summer months. The answer is as simple as your mail carrier not wanting to get stung by bees and wasps. Now it all makes sense.

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According to Fox 2, a postal worker took to Reddit to inform people of the truth behind the dryer sheets. Posting under the name Istrx13, the user explained that the dryer sheets are used to keep wasps away.

Postal worker Istrx13:

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 three-to-five Yellowjackets just chillin. 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 and merely existing in their presence is enough to piss them off. Last year alone I was stung 10 times on 10 separate occasions.

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.

This a really good idea if it actually works and it must if mail carriers are doing this all over the country. The postal worker also said that it's just something to use as a preventative measure. It probably wouldn't be a good idea to go around stuffing dryer sheets into wasp nests.

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