Summer is right around the corner, and I personally can't wait for bbq, swimming, and hanging out with friends. But one thing I'm dreading are mosquitoes. My in-laws live in Fresno, CA and the mosquito situation there is horrible. As soon as the sun goes down, the biting begins.
If you're looking for a natural way to repel mosquitoes, you may be surprised to learn that coffee grounds could be the answer.
The caffeine in coffee grounds is known to repel mosquitoes. Caffeine disrupts the mosquito's sense of smell, making it difficult for them to find their prey. In addition, coffee grounds are also acidic, which can irritate the mosquito's skin.
There are a few different ways to use coffee grounds to repel mosquitoes. You can:
- Sprinkle coffee grounds around your yard or patio. This will create a barrier that mosquitoes will avoid.
- Add coffee grounds to your compost pile. The caffeine and acidity will help to kill mosquito larvae.
- Burn coffee grounds. The smoke from burning coffee grounds will help to repel mosquitoes.
My favorite technique is burning the coffee grounds. Just use your brewed coffee grounds, dry them in advance, then place them in a small foil-lined container. Add a couple drops of lighter fluid and light with a match.
If you're looking for a natural way to keep mosquitoes away, coffee grounds are a great option. They're easy to find, inexpensive, and effective. So next time you're brewing a pot of coffee, don't throw away the grounds. Save them and use them to repel mosquitoes!