People on social media have been posting about how they keep finding dryer sheets in their mailboxes. Since this happened to so many people, we figured it was worth looking into.

Apparently, It's not uncommon to find dryer sheets in your mailbox during the hot summer months.

If you find a dryer sheet in your mailbox, just leave it there.

Why You Might Find Dryer Sheets in Your Mailbox

The reason is quite simple: your mail carrier wants to avoid getting stung by yellowjackets and wasps.


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. 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.

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.

If you've got a nest building up in your mailbox or anywhere else around, safely place a dryer sheet by it and see what happens. I suggest doing this at night when bees are less active.

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