How to Burn Coffee Grounds for Mosquito Control
From the irritating high-pitched buzzing to the itchy-scratchy bite that feels like someone just stuck you with a pin, mosquitos are the most annoying creatures on Earth. Aside from the obvious drawbacks of encountering the pesky insects, they also can carry viruses, including the Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria.
As terrible as mosquitos are, most repellents are even nastier. If you happen to spend most of your day outside, you are likely not a huge fan of wasting your hard-earned cash on something unhealthy, ungreen, chemical-laden, toxic, and often ineffective. There is light at the end of the tunnel, though.
As strange as it may seem, you can burn coffee grounds for mosquito control. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they provide a harmless yet efficient means to keep insects, including mosquitos, as far away from your person as possible.
Why Are Coffee Grounds Helpful?
Most bugs have acute olfactory sense. Coffee grounds have a potent smell, as well, but it gets even more powerful when you burn them.
Significantly, insects associate smoke with danger, which is why the smell of burning coffee grounds will bother and repel them.
Next time you make that strong cuppa joe, remember to save the coffee grounds for future use. Whenever you feel like spending time outdoors — in your yard, on an open terrace or balcony — during the mosquito season, place dry coffee grounds on aluminum foil or a plate and set light to them. You can also reinforce your DIY repellent with bay leaves — they do an excellent job of warding off nuisance insects.
The best thing about using coffee grounds instead of commercial mosquito repellents is the complete absence of toxins. Therefore, they are safe for use outdoors where children and pets are present.
What mosquito repellents work best for you? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!