(N.Morgan) One of the major complaints about being outdoors during the summer are bugs. From mosquitoes to wasps and bees, these pests can ruin a good time and in some cases cause painful bites or stings that can lead to allergic reactions.
Many of us have tried every thing to make the bugs go away without much success.
In this amazingly simple life hack, Thierryoutdoors explains his idea of burning coffee grounds to drive all insects away.
Insects, especially mosquitoes, can transmit diseases and viruses, such as in the recent Zika Virus epidemic.
Commercial repellents also tend to have more than a few harmful chemicals that can cause other health issues from breathing them in.
The solution? Believe it or not, coffee grounds.
The Environmental Protection Agency says coffee grounds work as a very effective natural repellent that will keep many insects – including mosquitoes, wasps and bees – away.
Many insects have a very strong sense of smell and coffee grounds possess a strong odor when burned that drives insects crazy.
So how do you use them?
First take your used or fresh coffee grounds, put them in a bowl and cover it with aluminum foil. Leave this bowl in a dark, cool place and let the grounds dry completely.
Then, place the grounds (either in a bowl or on a sheet of foil) on a flat area outdoors and burn them like you would incense. If you’re indoors and trying to keep mosquitoes 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 mosquitoes 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.
In the video below, Thierryoutdoors shares this trick he learned in Lebanon.