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May 11, 2021
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Why People Are Finding Dryer Sheets in Their Mailboxes

During the summer, somepeople apparently have been finding dryer sheets stuck inside their mailboxes.
The reason it’s happening is because the mailman doesn’t want to getstung by bees.
A postal worker took to Reddit to inform people of the truth behind the dryersheets.

He said, ”I can’t tell you how many times, especially during this partof the year, where I’ve opened up a box to see a little nest with three-to-fiveYellowjackets just chillin. If I’m really unlucky, they will have made theirnest at the very back of the box so I wind up sticking my hand in not knowingthey are there. We all know how temperamental these little insects are andmerely existing in their presence is enough to piss them off. Last year alone Iwas stung 10 times on 10 separate occasions. So please, if you one day randomlysee a dryer sheet at the back of your mailbox, just know that your carrier morethan likely put it there to deter these Satanic creatures from building theirhome in it."

The post was later updated to explain, "This should only be usedas a preventative measure. I’ve never tried when there’s a huge nestso I have no idea if it would work. I just immediately leave a note on thecustomer’s door letting them know they need to take care of the nest before Ican resume delivering their mail.”

Reddit users were pretty impressed by the simple trick.

One user wrote, "I'll be putting a dryer sheet in there tomorrow. I lovemy mail carrier, and I have an insect phobia, so it's a win-win.

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