Are you fed up with wasps lurking everywhere? If you sit outside for just 10 seconds, they attack you in droves and simply won’t leave you alone. Whether you’re in the garden, in the park or at the beach, these nasty flying insects are everywhere. What can you do? Can you use coffee against wasps? Since staying indoors isn’t an option, we’ve put together a few tricks and home remedies you can use to get rid of the pesky insects at home and on the go.
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Burn coffee against wasps
Wasps are unpleasant enough in themselves, but if you have children, this applies with double force. A sting can be a nasty shock to a baby or toddler, and older children tend to scream and cry at the mere sight of insects. Fortunately, there are a few tricks and home remedies for wasps that can help.
Coffee for wasps – this is a great home remedy for controlling insects that requires very little equipment. The steadily rising smoke can keep wasps away from you! If you have a filter coffee maker, you don’t need to waste fresh coffee – you can just burn the leftover coffee grounds instead.
Burn coffee for wasps – here’s how they do it:
- Take the coffee grounds out of your coffee maker and put them in an aluminum foil pie plate. Place it in a cool, dry place until it dries completely.
- Place the foil plate with the coffee grounds on a flat surface, such as a table, outdoors. Make sure that no animals or children have access to this area.
- Add a few drops of grill lighter to the coffee grounds. Do not saturate the coffee grounds or they will burn too quickly.
- Light the liquid with a long match to avoid burns. Allow the lighter fluid to burn until the coffee grounds begin to burn and smoke.
- Smother the fire with a large, damp towel by placing it over the top. The coffee grounds should continue to smoke and smolder. The smoke from the coffee grounds will drive away the wasps and mosquitoes.
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Can coffee help against wasp stings?
Unless you use frozen ice cubes with coffee, coffee alone will not help against a sting. It is important first to remove the sting and second to quickly cool the affected area. Ice cubes are good for this purpose, even without coffee ingredients. If the area swells badly or you experience shortness of breath as a result of the wasp sting, seek medical attention immediately.
However, there are other home remedies you can use to treat wasp stings:
- Meat tenderizer powder: mix unseasoned meat tenderizer powder with a little water. Then apply it to the sting area with a cotton ball and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Meat tenderizer contains a chemical called papain that can break down wasp venom to relieve pain and swelling.
- Baking soda: A paste made from baking soda and a little water can also break down or neutralize the venom. Apply it to the puncture site like the meat tenderizer and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Tea bag: a cool, moist tea bag can help fight inflammation and reduce swelling. Hold it under cold water and place it on your skin for 15 to 20 minutes.
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Home remedies for wasps – What else helps?
Rub coins together: They say wasps hate the smell of copper. So empty your piggy bank and rub a few copper-plated coins between your hands. You can also spread the coins on the table.
Basil and garlic: These are other smells that wasps supposedly can’t stand. Place a pot of basil on the table or spread a few cloves of garlic. This should be enough to keep the insects away. You can also crush some garlic and/or basil leaves and put them in a spray bottle with water. Let them soak for a while and then spray the scented water on the areas where you don’t want wasps.
Citrus and cloves: this trick is also a great home remedy for wasps: cut a lemon or lime in half and pepper it with cloves. This is also a fun activity to try with kids, and a wonderful air freshener. This has been used for centuries as a traditional insect repellent. It works not only against wasps, but also against flies and mosquitoes. The scent is believed to mask the smell of people and food, so wasps and other insects won’t come looking.
Cover your food: You may think this is a no-brainer, but it’s important to remember: leaving your bowls, food containers and plates open is an invitation for wasps. So try to cover your food and drinks as much as possible.
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