Why do you leave dry leaves in the mailbox? Protecting postmen from wasp nests.

Summer is here, bringing with it sun, heat, and an increase in insect activity. Living on a small farm, I have noticed an increase in the number of bees, mosquitoes and flies. But it’s not just us who are affected by these pesky creatures: even our dedicated mail carriers have to deal with them.

According to a Reddit post by a mailman, wasps, especially yellow jackets, have a habit of making nests inside mailboxes. Despite the warm temperatures during the day, the nights can be cold. The mailman explains that unsuspecting mailmen often find several wasps clustered in the back of mailboxes.As summer progresses and insect activity remains high, it is important that we think of innovative ways to protect our mail carriers. Believe it or not, a simple dryer sheet can help scare wasps away from mailboxes. The smell of the leaf acts as a deterrent to insects, keeping them away from the mailbox and preventing them from building nests.

By using dryer sheets in your mailbox, you are not only protecting your mail from damage, but you are also creating a more pleasant experience for your mail carrier.

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