Mosquitos suck. Literally.
They can reduce even the most relaxed of backyard barbecues into a frenzy of swatting and knee-slapping. And then there are allergies and serious viruses like Zika that can be transmitted by the annoying little buggers.
But you know what sucks even more than mosquitos? Some of the commercial repellants out there that’ll suck your wallet empty over the summer season, especially if you’re the outdoorsy type.
Commercial repellants also tend to have more than a few harmful effects that arise from breathing them in.
And that’s a lot of suckiness.
The solution to all that? Believe it or not, coffee grounds!
The Environmental Protection Agency says coffee grounds work as a very effective natural repellant that will keep many insects – including mosquitos, wasps and bees – away.
Many insects have a very strong sense of smell and coffee grounds, being incredibly strong smelling when they burn, drive them crazy.
So how do you use it?
Easy! Take your coffee grounds, put them in a bowl and cover it with aluminum foil. Leave this bowl in a dark, cold place like your refrigerator and let it dry completely.
Then, place the grounds on a flat surface and burn them like you would incense. If you’re indoors and trying to keep mosquitos out, open your windows. If you’re using this method at an outdoor gathering, just leave the bowl burning in a central place.
Still too many mosquitos plaguing you? Add some fresh bay leaf to the coffee grounds and burn them together.
If it’s a windy day or the area you’re trying to de-bug is large, you may wish to place as many as 5 of these burning bowls around to make sure the area is well covered.
And that’s it! How cool is that? It’s green, cheap and you don’t have to spray all sorts of chemicals on you or your children.
Want to see the trick in action? Check out this video!
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