An aromatic cup of coffee opens the colorful dance that revolves around the many talents of tropical beans. The black granules that remain in the filter after brewing contain interesting ingredients that are suitable as universal home remedies. Coffee grounds have long been known to hobby gardeners as an effective fertilizer. The information that coffee grounds can be used against mosquitoes, cats, snails and the like with resounding success should be new. Before you dispose of the next coffee filter in the garbage, you should read the following recommendations to heart.

Mosquitoes run away

The mild summer evening on the balcony or terrace could be so beautiful if it weren’t for the host of mosquitos. They’re buzzing around heads and stabbing as hard as they can. Insect sprays have no effect in the open air. If you now have coffee grounds on hand, the situation will relax in no time.

  • Empty the coffee filter on a baking sheet or plate and let it dry
  • Transfer to a fire-proof bowl and ignite
  • Place next to the seat, but away from children and pets

In the following hours he leisurely cokes and drives away the mosquitoes. The smell of fresh coffee is quite pleasant for human noses. If you are bothered by the smoke, there is nothing wrong with placing the bowl a little way away from your seat. The smoldering coffee grounds still do their job reliably from a few meters away.

Note: Due to the smoke development, burning coffee grounds should only be used outdoors to protect against mosquitoes.

Coffee grounds don’t just put off mosquitos. It can also be used excellently in repelling fungus gnats on indoor plants. The tiny pests lay innumerable eggs in the moist substrate, from which voracious larvae develop within a short time, which mines the roots, shoots and leaves. In the worst case, huge hordes form, which can be very uncomfortable, especially in living spaces. Spread out as a thin layer of mulch, ground coffee prevents the female fungus gnats from laying eggs. Since the pests are hardly mobile, they will stop multiplying and you have already nipped the plague in the bud. It is important to note that only completely dried coffee grounds are used so that no mold forms. In addition, the lowering effect on the pH value must be taken into account.

Cats run away

Cats are not welcome everywhere. They put their scent marks on every corner, stir up the beds and cause a lot of noise during the night mating season. On the other hand, that is by no means a reason to seek the life of the intelligent velvet paws. Use coffee grounds to effectively stop the animals. The bitter substances contained in it do not get the fine cat noses at all. You should therefore set up small bowls with coffee grounds at all possible locations.

In the garden bed, scatter the remains from the filter bags or pads thinly between the plants. Cats will definitely not dig or do their business here. It should be remembered that the mulch layer must be renewed after every downpour in order to maintain the effect.

By the way, in this case you can save yourself the hassle of drying. When using coffee grounds against cats, it doesn’t matter if it’s damp or dried.

A powerful weapon against slugs

While coffee grounds drive away mosquitoes and cats, it has a drastic effect when used against snails. The caffeine it contains acts like a neurotoxin on slugs. On the other hand, coffee grounds have no negative effects on any other animals in the garden, so that it is safe to use.

  • Protect beds from snails with a ring of coffee grounds
  • Ideally combine with sawdust or coarse-grained sand to create a walking barrier
  • Scatter thinly and work lightly into the ground

Unprotected from the weather, coffee grounds only last until the next downpour. Strong coffee drinkers have a clear advantage. You have sufficient supplies to replace the rain layer. The slightly lowering effect on the pH value of the soil should be considered. While bog plants, rhododendrons or hydrangeas have no objection to coffee grounds in their root area, lime-loving plants such as gorse, cyclamen, wig bushes and others are likely to have long-term growth problems. During a rainy summer with frequent replacement of coffee grounds in the bed, you should occasionally add a little algae lime to create a balance.

Use coffee grounds as an ant deterrent

There is no doubt that ants make an irreplaceable contribution to the ecological balance in nature. If, on the other hand, they penetrate the house with the warlike intention of looting the supplies, there is immediate need for action. The same applies when the insects brazenly spread out in the lawn or bed to pester the gardener and his family at every opportunity.

Instead of using chemical insect spray, coffee grounds are on hand. As a biological agent, it has a strategically decisive effect against the plague. The powder destroys the scent traces that ants put to orient their fellows. This creates such chaos among the people that they prefer to leave the den.

  • Sprinkle coffee grounds over the ants’ walkways
  • Distribute the grains in the joints of terrace slabs or paving stones
  • Ideally, put a ring of ground coffee around the whole house
  • Work the coffee grounds into the ground in the bed

Since coffee in any form has an odor-binding effect, the used residue from the filters is recommended for the prevention of ants in the house. It is primarily the garbage cans that the pests feel magically attracted to. If you pour in coffee grounds repeatedly, the scent trail for ants is reduced to a minimum.

Repellants against voles

The bitter substances in coffee grounds are able to permanently drive voles out of the garden. To do this, sprinkle the powder directly into a burrow hole. This method is especially useful if you are unsure whether it is a vole or the protected mole. However, the remedy will not work immediately. On the other hand, if you steadfastly use coffee grounds in this way against voles, they will move away sooner later.

Natural insecticide against aphids and scale insects

The long-awaited garden year has barely begun when the aphids and scale lice have arrived. There is hardly a plant that they spare with their stinging and sucking mouthparts. As if that weren’t enough, fungal spores and bacteria use the tiny injuries to the plant tissue as access. In addition, whole hordes of ants move in because they thirst for the honeydew that the lice excrete. From this, in turn, the dreaded sooty mildew develops, a widespread plant disease. There are therefore enough reasons to take vehement action against aphids and scale insects. Since even the approved insecticides are associated with health risks, responsible hobby gardeners shy away from using them. This is where coffee grounds come into play.

  • Pour boiling water over the collected coffee grounds again and let it steep until cool
  • After straining 1 liter of the liquid, add 1 tablespoon each of spirit and soft soap
  • Use the spray gun to spread over the infested plants every 3-5 days until all of the aphids have disappeared

Dogs stay away from the property

The word spreads from Switzerland that coffee grounds can also be used against dogs. Even homeowners who are fond of dogs find it too much at times. Careless dog owners just let their four-legged friends run wherever they like to do their business or dig. The result is defaced front gardens and troubled gardeners who have to remove unsavory remains. The question arises of how to defend against this recurring affliction without causing harm to the innocent dog. In Switzerland, a garden owner discovered that the daily dog ​​visits stopped when she distributed coffee grounds around her facility. She shared her experiences and other hobby gardeners followed suit.
Depending on the size of the property, the amount of coffee grounds collected may not be sufficient for continuous protection against stray dogs. In this case, stains contaminated with dog urine should be sprinkled with coffee grounds immediately. The scents that other dogs feel attracted to are suppressed.

Coffee grounds as a home remedy for Colorado potato beetles

The Colorado potato beetle still represents a significant threat in the cultivation of potatoes and other nightshade plants, such as tomatoes and eggplants. Control is extremely problematic even in commercial potato cultivation because the pests have so far developed resistance to every new insecticide. In this regard, the environmentally friendly and health conscious approach of hobby gardeners is still ahead. Among other things, coffee grounds have proven to be suitable for getting rid of the pests and still consuming the harvest with a clear conscience.

  • Sprinkle the dry coffee grounds on the young plants from a height of 10 cm
  • Repeat this application every 4 to 6 weeks
  • Adding rock flour to the ground coffee increases efficiency and strengthens the plant

Ideally, sprinkle the coffee over the potato plants in the early morning hours. Since the leaves are still damp from the dew at this time of day, the grains adhere better.

Attractiveness desired

The coffee grounds phenomenon has not yet been exhausted with its numerous functions in the supply of nutrients, the deterrence and control of undesirable animals. In at least one respect, used ground coffee has a very welcome attraction. These are the indispensable earthworms, without whose beneficial effects the cultivation of plants would be doomed to failure. They are significantly involved in the production of humus and they aerate the soil. The small worms achieve their full potential in the compost heap, which is basically only created to encourage them to build up more humus. The focus is not only on the professional layering of different materials for successful and rapid rotting. The more effectively it succeeds attracting the largest possible number of earthworms, the richer the yield for the hobby gardener. Coffee grounds play an important role in this interaction. Repeatedly add coffee grounds to the individual compost layers to attract earthworms in a targeted manner. Enhance the attractiveness by adding onion peels, because they are one of the favorite foods of the busy gardening workers. However, you should not overdo the dosage of coffee grounds so that the humus does not acidify over the long term. Enhance the attractiveness by adding onion peels, because they are one of the favorite foods of the busy gardening workers. However, you should not overdo the dosage of coffee grounds so that the humus does not acidify over the long term. Enhance the attractiveness by adding onion peels, because they are one of the favorite foods of the busy gardening workers. However, you should not overdo the dosage of coffee grounds so that the humus does not acidify over the long term.

Brewed in the filter or pad, coffee has only just begun to demonstrate its potential. Numerous ingredients are embedded in the coffee grounds that can provide valuable assistance to hobby gardeners. Coffee grounds can be used extremely effectively against mosquitoes, cats, snails and the like. Ignited in the shell, there is calm from annoying mosquitoes. The bitter substances are not good for the fine noses of cats and dogs. Coffee grounds even have a toxic effect on snails. Ants, aphids, scale insects, voles and other uninvited guests show you the way from the ground with used coffee without swinging the chemical club.

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