Burn coffee grounds in your yard to prevent mosquitos

By Kristen Underwood — / Coffee Talk

Is coffee effective in protecting you from mosquitos?

It’s summer, not Halloween, which means one thing. I’m not looking for any bloodsucking creatures to sit by my side at the barbeque this weekend. While watching someone swat around in thin air for hours can be entertaining, I’d rather soak up the sun and enjoy some black coffee BBQ chicken.

A mug of coffee being held up next to a campfire overlooking a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains.

But how can I enjoy grilling when I'm worrying about these little jerks biting my feet and whether or not they’re carrying a serious virus? Repellants on the market aren’t doing the trick, nor are they doing anything for the spritz of perfume I danced in before heading over to the party. Well, here's the secret. Burning your coffee grounds is about to turn into your favorite summer night hobby.

According to the EPA, coffee grounds are a safe and effective way to keep pests away. Not only do they repel mosquitos, but also other insects such as wasps and bees. Coffee grounds are the bee’s knees when it comes to staying bug bite free.

Most bugs have a very strong sense of smell. Coffee grounds are very potent and even more potent once they are burned. The strong scent will fight off pests and keep them away. Along with the strong smell, smoke is generally associated with danger, so bugs will look elsewhere for shelter. So, it works, but where do I start?

How do you burn coffee grounds?

  • Start with DRY, used coffee grounds.
  • Place the grounds in a bowl or on a flat surface outside.
  • Burn the grounds like you would incense.
  • Choose a spot upwind for best results to get that scent moving!
  • Fresh bay leaves will amplify the results of your repellant.
  • Make sure to set up several if you’re planning that summer BBQ!

We’re all coffee drinkers, here. Having grounds on hand already makes it good for the wallet, too. The best part? It’s all natural

Related: Red, White, and (Coffee) Barbecue sauce


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