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Bees, Yellow Jackets, and Wasps in Mailboxes

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Slate Ridge Residents last week my daughter and I pass the BBQ invitations.  We put them in all of the Slate Ridge and Key Homes mailboxes.  We were surprised to find in at least 10 mailboxes had either bees, yellow jackets, hornets or wasps leaving in them.  I was actually chased away a couple of times.  I had chance to ask the mail carrier last Saturday and she agreed that there are quite a few infested mailboxes in her Slate Ridge route. Here is some information I got from regarding insects living in our mailboxes and what we can do to keep them from make homes out of our mailboxes.

Bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps can be attracted to mailboxes and sometimes nest in and around them. Fortunately, you can take certain precautions to stop bees and other stinging insects from hanging around your mailbox--and to get rid of them if they do appear.


  1. Keep your lawn cut short near the mailbox. This will remove dandelions, clover and any other flowering plants that might attract bees for the pollen.

  2. Avoid planting flower or flowering trees near the mailbox. If you live in a rural area, keep weeds trimmed back from the box, as these might produce flowers, too.

  3. Keep garbage cans covered. Also, cover recycling containers that hold empty soda and juice bottles. Hornets and yellow jackets, which look like bees, are attracted to sweet substances and to protein.

  4. Keep water sources away from your mailbox. Bees are attracted to water, so don't run a sprinkler near the mailbox. Additionally, don't locate the mailbox in an area where standing water tends to accumulate.

  5. Place a mothball in the box. Mothballs repel bees and stop them from building nests or hives in the mailbox. Be aware that your mail will smell like mothballs if you go this route.

  6. Swap out your wood mailbox post for a metal one. Carpenter bees like to drill holes in wood and build nests there.


Thank you,

José Gomez
Vice President
Slate Ridge Association

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