Springtime in Montana is when the animals become more active. With the weather we have been having lately it would make sense that bears are making their way out of hibernation early this year.

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This is also the time when insects and bugs make their way into our everyday lives. For me, it is a time where I become very aware of the flying bugs, and not the good ones. That is one of the reasons why I don't like to eat outside.

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When the weather starts warming up, I take great care to walk around my house and make sure I am not seeing any yellow jacket, or wasp nests around. I am allergic to them. I found out the hard way when I was mowing the lawn and disrupted a wasp nest and endured multiple stings. After a trip to the emergency room and then a trip to the allergist, I found out, I am allergic to wasp venom. I spent 5 years getting shots to help me with my allergies, so I try to be very aware of my surroundings.

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Dryer Sheets Will Keep Away These Bugs

When it comes to wasps and yellowjackets, they can build their nests in little places including mail boxes, or near them. Sometimes mail carriers will put a dryer sheet in a mailbox to help keep these pests away. According to This Old House dryer sheets can help keep away hornets, wasps, and bees and that can be very helpful in Montana.


If You Find One In Your Mailbox, Look Around For Nests

If you find a dryer sheet in your mailbox that you didn't put it in there yourself, that means your postal carrier may have put it in there to protect them from the insects. That is your cue to either call an exterminator or look around and remove any nests you may not know you had in the area.

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