Mosquitos are one known to be one of the most annoying things one have to deal with, most especially during summer. Also, mosquitoes can carry life-altering diseases such as dengue fever, malaria, Zika and the West Nile virus.
But, you know what is annoying much more than mosquitos? Commercial insect repellents are toxic, costly and the do not always work as well as they should. They also have serious side effects which includes the following:
- Redness and burning of the nose, eyes and throat
- Breathing Difficulty
- Hives or mild skin redness and irritation on area sprayed
- Insomnia and mood changes
- Vomiting and nausea
- Upset stomach
So, what can you use? Believe it or not, you can use coffee grounds!
How Coffee Grounds Work:
According to Get Holistic Health and as per EPA coffee grounds can work as a very reliable natural repellent, which can drive away many insects, including mosquitos, bees and wasps away. Various pests contains a very strong sense of smell, and coffee grounds, which have a strong smelling property when they burn, can drive them insane.
How to Use Coffee Grounds as Mosquito Repellent:
The firs step is to take your used or fresh coffee grounds, and then place them in a bowl and cover with aluminum foil.
You must leave this bowl in a dark, but cool place and let the grounds dry totally. Then, position the coffee grounds, using either a bowl or on a sheet of foil, and place on a flat location outdoors. Lastly, burn the coffee grounds like you would an incense.
If you are indoors and attempting to keep mosquitos out, open your windows. But, if you are using this method at an outdoor event, you can just leave the bowl burning in a central location.
Still lots of mosquitos bothering you? You can add some fresh bay leaves to the coffee gounds and burn them together.