We are all looking forward to warmer weather, but with that weather comes new things. With that, you may notice a dryer sheet in your mailbox

A random dryer sheet in your mailbox sounds weird I know... And some people have noticed these dryer sheets in their mailboxes. They're there for a reason, and it's actually kinda genius!

Who Put It In There?

If you see a dryer sheet in your mailbox odds are your mail carrier put the dryer sheet in there, and it's best that you leave it in there for their own safety.

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The Reason For The Dryer Sheets

As Iowans, we have seen a number of bugs come out during the warmer months of the year. If you live in Iowa you know you're gonna be dealing with these annoying guys for a while since Summer is still going strong.

Some bugs are more mean than annoying though. Wasps and yellowjackets are some of the worst bugs out there in the Midwest, heck there are even "Killer ones!" One place that wasps and yellowjackets like to hide out in is your mailbox.

Mail carriers already work hard, and running into a wasp or yellowjacket just makes a day worse. So if there are some mean bugs hanging out by your mailbox there's a good chance that your mail carrier will put a dryer sheet in your box.
To avoid having these insects build their nests in your mailbox, mail carriers will sometimes place scented dryer sheets in there. Apparently, wasps and yellowjackets hate them, seeing as though they strongly dislike strong aromas.

According to a mail carrier user on Reddit this trick should last as long as the smell does. It should keep wasps and yellowjackets away from your mailbox. This little trick can keep you and anyone going near your mailbox safe!

Stay safe this Spring and Summer!

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