Do coffee grounds keep squirrels away?

Have you ever noticed that the squirrels don’t like to come near the bird feeders with coffee grounds in them? I wonder why? Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that coffee grounds are full of all kinds of undigestable stuff that makes the little rodents sick.

What are squirrels, and why do they come?

Because they’re hungry! What do they eat? Vegetables! And fruits! And sometimes, even meats! They’re omnivores, which means they will eat everything, including garbage! How do we get rid of ’em? One way is to put up a steel cage around your bird feeder. That won’t work. The squirrels have sharp incisors and will chew through anything. Another way is to put peanut butter (the kind with milk in it) on a piece of bread and put that piece of bread on top of the coffee grounds. The squirrels hate the peanut butter, but they like the coffee grounds, so they’ll ignore the bread. Thus, the bread will get chewed off, and the squirrels will continue to come for more coffee grounds. This works really well, except for one thing: After a while, the bread gets hard and stale, and then it begins to fall apart.

 How do squirrels run so fast? 

They don’t “run” at all. They jump! And when they’re jumping, they’re in the air for almost half a second. That’s the distance a rat running at full speed covers in one second! And remember, a rat runs at about 25 miles per hour; a squirrel jumps at about 35. Thus, a squirrel is able to cover 17 times his own body length in the time it takes a rat to travel only 1/2 of his body length. Which means a squirrel can run almost as fast as a rat, but without using up so much energy. And what does he use instead? Simply enough, he uses his (superb) sense of smell! Thus, a squirrel can sniff out food from miles away, and then he comes zooming right down to the source to get it. How far away can he detect the odor of food? Oh, about 100 feet or so. But that’s like a big dog smelling a little dog’s odor.

How do you attract squirrels? 

Put out peanuts, corn, sunflower seeds, or any other kind of nut or seed that they can eat and then digest. They’ll come for those. Also, sprinkle some crushed egg shells around the area where you are keeping your feeders. That gives off an odor which attracts them. You can also buy one of those little battery-operated misting things that gardeners use to water their plants. Set it up about 10 or 12 inches above the ground near your bird feeder, and then turn it on. The water will come down in a mist, and when it hits the ground, it will evaporate immediately, leaving a sort of “dew” that attracts the attention of the hungry little squirrels.        

How much damage can Squirrels do in the garden? 

Squirrels are not especially destructive to gardens. In fact, if left alone, they pretty much leave your garden alone. However, they will dig up whatever they can to eat. And they are very fond of corn. Thus, if you have a lot of corn in your garden, you may lose some of it to the “midnight snacks” of the local squirrels. But, by and large, they are a non-threatening animal, unless you have an excessive number of them. In that case, they can become a real problem. Especially so if you have small children or pets. If your pet is small enough, a playful encounter with a mischievous squirrel could easily turn into a serious situation. If you have children, a swarm of these little rascals can really give you a wakeup call!

Problems caused by squirrels in the garden

Problems caused by squirrels in the garden do not have to be very serious. If you simply remove any uneaten corn from the area where the squirrels are feeding, their population will quickly be reduced. After that, you can resume growing corn, and if necessary, start using some of the other (less attractive) methods mentioned earlier in this letter to reduce the pest population even more. But don’t forget the bird feeders! They’re the key. Once the squirrels get used to visiting your feeder, they’ll come back again and again, until you run out of food. Then they’ll go to another place to get what they need to survive. But that won’t be your garden. Thus, it is very important to remove the squirrels’ “source of supply”, which means removing the corn from around your feeders. You can do this by either shaking the feeder frequently (which causes the squirrels to abandon it immediately), or by using one of those “squirrel-proof” mesh covers that are sold for this purpose. Either method will work.

How to Identify Squirrel Damage?

The most common problem caused by these little pests in the garden is damage to your plants. They gnaw on the tender bark of many kinds of woody plants, such as fruit trees, lilacs, hawthorns, oaks, and willows. They also eat the blossoms and buds of many garden flowers, as well as the leaves and tender shoots of many annual and perennial bedding plants. They also like to chew on the roots of certain types of vegetables, such as radishes and beets. Of course, they’ll eat almost anything green that is not corn or sunflower seeds, so be on the lookout for them whenever you’re working in your garden. And don’t forget that young, tender seedlings are extremely vulnerable to attack. In fact, they are almost certain to be damaged, if not destroyed, by a determined group of gray squirrels. Another garden-related problem caused by squirrels is broken windows. This is especially true of unoccupied houses. If a group of squirrels gets into a vacant house, and starts messing around in there, sooner or later, they are going to break a window.

The problem with squirrels in gardens

The problem with squirrels in gardens isn’t just their mischief-making and nibbling, it’s also that they carry several kinds of disease. The most common of these is squirrel pox, which is transmitted to people and other animals by contact with infected squirrels. It causes an itchy red rash that disappears after a few days, but can be quite uncomfortable. Another disease, which is also fairly common, is squirrel encephalitis. This is caused by a virus that attacks the brain and spinal cord of squirrels and other rodents. In severe cases, it causes the animal to become paralyzed. If the squirrels in question are gray squirrels, they almost always die from this disease. However, if they are red squirrels, they almost always survive. Andred squirrels are immune to the virus, and therefore, they rarely if ever get encephalitis. Finally, a relatively new disease has been discovered in red squirrels. This disease is called squirrel cysticercosis, and it is caused by a parasite that lives in the squirrel’s intestines. 

And is that they are very hard to get rid of once they’ve made up their minds to hang around. If you live in an area where they are common, you may have to resort to some “less than friendly” measures in order to keep them out of your garden. However, even in areas where they are not common (like Florida), it is not at all unusual to have to use non-toxic means to rid your garden of these little vermin.

If you’re fortunate enough not to have squirrels in your area, that doesn’t mean you can relax and go back to your garden routine. No siree! Not by a long shot. Even if you don’t have them now, you need to be constantly on the lookout for them, because sooner or later, they’ll find a way to get in and cause a lot of damage. And, when that time comes, it will be “too late” to do anything about it. So, my friend, the key to successfully keeping squirrels out of your garden is identification.

How do you stop squirrels from climbing pipes?

Why is it important to know what kind of squirrels are in your area? Because it is important to know how to stop them. For example, gray squirrels are very agile and can climb just about anything. If they get into your yard, they will chew through any kind of wiring they can reach. If they get into your house, they will chew through electrical wires and even plumbing pipes.

If they get into your attic, they will gnaw on the insulation and eventually come down through the roof, and you’ll be sorry you ever let them get there.

Red squirrels, on the other hand, are much less likely to damage your property. In fact, red squirrels are almost always “careful” animals. They are very unlikely to even try to get into your garden or onto your roof. However, if they do get into your yard or attic, they will not damage anything. Instead, they will simply scurry back out again without chewing or scratching a single thing. Squirrels are very clean animals.

Can squirrels bite through metal?

Yes, but only if they are extremely determined and only if they have a very powerful set of teeth. Usually, though, they’ll just give up and move on to something else. Also, most squirrels only have three incisors in each upper jaw which are used for eating. The other two are used for fighting. But, since they don’t want to damage your property, they will not use them unless they are forced to. Squirrels can jump pretty well, can run very fast, have excellent eyesight and hearing, and can travel long distances over relatively rough terrain. They are also, as I mentioned before, very intelligent. If you leave a nut or some other kind of food supply out in the open where squirrels can get to it, they will learn very quickly that it is there for them to eat. And, if need be, they will climb poles and trees to get to it. In my opinion, squirrels are actually more intelligent than many dogs for example.

Ways of Keeping Squirrels Away

There are many ways, but the best way is by using a combination of methods. The first thing you need to do is make your yard as unattractive to them as possible. Next, you need to use whatever natural or artificial means are available to you to physically block their access. If you have a lot of bushes and trees, plant them so they block a substantial portion of the view from your yard into the neighboring yards. Try to put trees and shrubs in places where they will be a barrier to both sight and smell. Put up fence posts or other barriers where they can’t get a foothold if they try to climb over or under your fence. Use reflective materials on the bottom of your fence to make it more difficult for them to see into your yard.

Remove things that attract squirrels 

Remove things that attract squirrels like bird feeders, bird baths, and any kind of squirrel-attracting food or scents that you may have around your yard. Keep your garbage cans tightly covered, and don’t let children or pets near them. Remove all bird seed and nuts from around your yard, and store them someplace inaccessible to the squirrels. Clean out your gutters twice a year, and repair any holes or cracks in your siding or roof. This will cut down on the smells that are naturally attractive to them. Squirrels are very clean animals and won’t eat anything they find lying around on the ground that hasn’t first been through a gutter or drainpipe. So, if you have any kind of drainage problem around your house, make sure it gets fixed. Don’t plant shrubs or flowers near your foundation or walls. This may seem like overkill, but if you are really serious about keeping them away, it is worth the effort. If you do this, and use the other methods listed below, I guarantee you will never have a problem with squirrels in your yard.

Remove anything that squirrels can use as a food source 

Squirrels will eat just about anything you put in your kitchen trash can. But, they won’t touch anything you put in the can outside the house. So, don’t leave any garbage cans in your yard where they can get to it. Also, keep all pet foods and any other foods you might feed your pets inside your house. Squirrels are opportunists and will clean out your garbage can in a New York minute if they find it full and accessible. That’s how they get into so many homes. They see a full garbage can outside a house, they know nobody is watching, and they quickly move to take advantage of what is easily available.

And you can cut down fruit-bearing trees and shrubs  This is one of the most effective ways to keep squirrels away. They will avoid your yard, and stay far, far away! You may have to do this a couple of times before the squirrels figure you are serious, but it is really worth it. One very effective way to do this is to get a friend or neighbor who has some pruning skills to do the cutting for you. Another idea is to contact a local tree surgeon or arborist and see if he will do the job for you. Tell him you want the trees or shrubs removed because you have a problem with squirrels, and you want them gone for good. (By the way, this is also a good excuse to get rid of any nasty, dead or dying branches or other stuff that could pose a threat to your home if a squirrel got hold of it. 

Keep your grill, picnic table, and deck clean 

Use a wire brush to remove any remnants of food or grease from your barbecue grill. Make sure there are no ashes in your barbecue grill. If there are, brush them away with the brush. Scrub your picnic table and your patio or deck with soap and water. Scrub it real well! Make sure there’s not a speck of dirt or grease left on those surfaces. Clean them both with steel wool if necessary. All of this will go a long way in keeping your yard, patio, deck, and grill safe for people and pets. And, it will make your yard, patio, and deck a much more pleasant place for you and your visitors to be.

Add Plants to Your Garden That Squirrels Hate

Many plants that are good for you and your family are also extremely unattractive to squirrels. Some ideas include hollyhocks, marigolds, impatiens, petunias, begonias, snapdragons, cosmos, zinnias, alyssum, lobelias, calendula, marjoram, sage, nasturtiums, bachelor’s buttons, and many others. These plants will not only provide beauty for your garden but also serve as natural deterrents for the squirrels. Spray Your Yard With Squirrel-Repellent!  Squirrels hate the smell of bitter almond oil. If you happen to have some on hand, you can use it to spray around your trees and shrubs to keep them free of nibbling. Plants that squirrels hate include marigolds, nasturtiums, marion-beans, and sunflowers. These plants have a scent or look that repels the squirrels. You can purchase these and other “attract and repel” plants at most any good nursery or garden center. In addition, you can make your own squirrel-repellent garden by planting thistle, yucca, tickseed, Queen Anne’s lace, sow thistle, lamb’s quarters, and anything else you can find that has the ability to repel squirrels. The more the merrier! By the way, marigolds, nasturtiums, and marion-beans are also great for pest control. They have a very strong odor that seems to get on everything it comes in contact with. And, it doesn’t take much odor to repel a squirrel.

Natural Squirrel Repellent 

“Garlic Soup” – (1 part garlic, 2 parts water, 1 part oil) Mix together well and spray around the base of your trees and shrubs. It will work just as well when you are inside the garden as it does when you are outside. Also, mix a small amount and rub it on any exposed skin that has been cut or scratched. It will help prevent the spread of infection.   

“Duck Soup” – Bitter almond oil works very well on squirrels and other animals as a natural repellent. It is available from most herbal and health food stores and some chemical supply companies. A little dab will put out an infestation of hundreds of rodents! Use sparingly and only where needed. It is not harmful to humans or pets.

Petroleum products such as vegetable oil, mineral oil, kerosene, and gasoline are very effective against many types of pests. However, be careful with these. Many of them are highly toxic to humans and animals and can cause death if ingested. Do not use these products near your home or any place where people or animals may be likely to get into them. These are dangerous substances to use unless you really know what you are doing.    

Artificial Squirrel Repellent 

“Squeak-O-Reel” – This is one of the best all around artificial pest control devices available today. You simply attach it to the outside of a tree or shrub and then when a squirrel climbs the pole to get a nut, a small electric charge is sent up the line and into the squirrel’s nervous system. This causes the squirrel to quickly come down the line and run off in a panicked frenzy. The more he runs the more electricity he sends through his “nervous system” and the longer the “charge” remains on the “reel”. Soon the squirrel will become so agitated and electrified that he will abandon trying to get the nuts and will move on to some other food source. This product has been used for years with great success by people who don’t want to use poisons. It is perfect for people who have young children or pets near the trees or shrubs where you are using this device. It is also useful as an effective last resort when you just can’t get rid of the pests any other way.

Spray “D-Con” on the trees and shrubs around your home. It comes in aerosol cans and is safe for use around people and pets. It works great! It contains D-Con (d-limonene) which is an effective non-toxic repellent that is cheap and easy to apply. Don’t put D-Con on the leaves of the plants; only spray it around the base of the tree or shrub. Give a light coat and allow it to dry. The squirrels will think twice before coming anywhere near your plant again!

Natural or synthetic oils will work just as well as D-Con but are not as easily applied. They must be sprayed in very thin layers so they will dry fast and be very effective.

To make your own oil, mix equal parts of each of the following: olive oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, soybean oil, and vegetable oil.

Many synthetic chemicals are extremely toxic to both humans and animals. If you do use these products, wear protective gear such as gloves, a face mask, and protective clothing. Keep a dust mask handy when you are applying these products and always wash thoroughly after handling them. Never allow children to play in or around the area where you are using these products. They can easily choke on the dust created when you are applying these products. Always read and follow all instructions. These products can cause some strange and unusual side effects. Some of the more common ones are skin irritation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, and drowsiness. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop using the product immediately and consult your doctor. These are not conditions that you should risk developing just because you don’t want a pest problem.

Natural or artificial, there is no need to use a product if another method will do. For example, if you have just a few squirrels, you can simply remove the fruits and vegetables they like to eat.

What food do squirrels hate? 

Squirrels are very greedy and will eat just about anything that is put in front of them. Their favorite foods are apples, peaches, pears, grapes, plums, corn, potatoes, and carrots. They also like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and winter squash. Other foods that they will eat include bird seed, oats, millet, wheat, soybeans, and sunflower seeds. They are especially fond of peanuts and will eat almost anything you put in front of them that contains peanuts. They are extremely sensitive to the smell of peanuts. They will also eat almost anything you put in front of them that has a strong smell. They are extremely territorial and will attack and try to kill any other squirrels that come near their food supply.

Give them an alternative food choice 

If you have planted a variety of fruits and vegetables in your garden, you may be able to keep the squirrels away by simply cutting the fruits and vegetables that they like to eat and leaving the ones they don’t like behind. If you have any uneaten fruits or vegetables that have begun to sprout, you can simply pick them off and throw them away. This will deprive the squirrels of their favorite food, and they will eventually stop coming to your yard.

Even if you don’t have any uneaten fruits or vegetables that are sprouting, you should still remove the ones that the squirrels like to eat. Leaving these foods lying around will only encourage the squirrels to come back time after time. In addition to that, these foods will continue to decay and produce a lot of those dust-like particles that are so attractive to the squirrels. Give them an alternative that is both natural and healthy.

What smells do squirrels hate? 

Squirrels have very acute senses of smell and hearing. They can detect odors from a distance of up to three miles. They are extremely sensitive to the smell of foods that are about to go bad. If you have any foods that are starting to sprout or have any other kind of decaying food in your refrigerator or pantry, put some of these foods into a plastic bag and put the bag in the garbage can. The squirrels will avoid this food like the plague.
Squirrels hate a lot of things. They hate strong odors of almost everything. They will run away from almost any strong odor. They are extremely sensitive to the smell of smoke, skunks, and other animals. They also hate the smell of decaying garbage. They will even run away from the odor of some fresh-cut grass. As I said earlier, they are extremely territorial, and they will attack and try to kill any animal that comes near their food supply.
Squirrels absolutely hate the smell of cat urine. If you happen to have a cat, be sure not to leave any cat urine laying around where the squirrels can get to it. This stuff will literally make them sick. It is made up of extremely foul-smelling bacteria and causes all kinds of problems for them. Urine is one of the main ingredients in stink bombs. If you put some of this stuff in a sock and throw it near where the squirrels are eating, you will temporarily drive them away. However, they will soon return because they are attracted to the smell of the food. In addition to that, they will start to realize that there is nothing to fear from this stuff and will eventually begin to ignore it. When that happens, simply take the sock away and the squirrels will go back to eating whatever it was they were eating before. Squirrels also hate the smells of cauliflower, cabbage, onions, garlic, and all kinds of other foods that we humans like to eat. They cannot distinguish between the smells of these foods and the smells of the foods they are allergic to.

What is a natural deterrent for squirrels? 

Most people do not realize it, but acorns are one of the main ingredients used to make a “stink bomb” very effective against squirrels. Here is why: If you crush an acorn, mix it with some peanut butter and bread crumbs (or some other kind of food) and put this mixture on a piece of cheese or sausage, you can hang it somewhere near where the squirrels are eating and the squirrels will just love it! They will eat the “deterrent” and then get sick to their stomachs from the stench. This will temporarily drive them away. However, if you do this often enough, the squirrels will eventually stop fearing the odor and will actually start to like the smell. Then, all you have to do is remove the “deterrent” and the squirrels will go back to eating whatever it was they were eating before. How often should you use stink bombs or similar tactics to keep squirrels away from your feeders? Well, that really depends on how bad the feeding problem is where you live.

Also there are several things you can do to help keep squirrels away from your garden or yard. First of all, make sure you have an un-attractant scent in place already. I would suggest you use a combination of orange oil and cat urine. Just a small amount of either one will keep them away. If you happen to have a cat, just a few drops of cat urine in a glass of water will be enough to make them sick. Cats are extremely sensitive to the smell of skunks. If you have a cat, put a squirt of cat urine in the bottom of her bowl every day. This will make it so she is constantly being exposed to the smell of this stuff. It will desensitize her to it and in a matter of days, she will no longer even notice it.

What kind of flowers will squirrels not eat? 

Bluebonnets! That’s what. The bluebonnets (daturas arborescens) are one of the few wildflowers that actually has some edible parts. However, if you want your feeders to be truly bulletproof, you should use bluebonnets as your “deterent.” It’s easy to grow and it works like crazy. Just scatter a bunch of them around your yard and the squirrels will leave them alone. Bluebonnets also makes a great addition to any animal or bird garden. They are extremely beneficial to butterflies, bees, birds, and other wildlife. Another thing you can do is make sure you have all of your feeders well concealed. Squirrels are extremely stealthy animals and they will quietly and patiently wait until you are not looking before they start snacking on your goodies. If they know you are watching them, they will stop eating. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t watch them. You just need to watch them from a place where they cannot see you.

Also squirrels don’t eat flowers that have thorns in them! Squirrels hate thorns! Thorns are useful for many things but, they are especially good for deterring animals from flowers. And, since most flowers have thorns, using them as an un-attractant scent is doubly effective. You can also use orange oil, cat urine or another un-attractant scent along with thorns. Another thing you can do is put up scarecrow type “fright wigs” or similar “attractant” objects around your garden to make the squirrels think twice about coming near. This might not work very well with marauding packs of squirrels but, it will work with a single squirrel or even a few. 

Use Coffee Grounds to Repel Squirrels

Don’t use a cat or a dog to control squirrels. Not only is this cruel to the animals, it won’t work anyway. If you really want to rid your yard of squirrels, you are going to have to use a humane, natural way to do it. The best way is the most expensive. It is also the most effective.

Do Squirrels Like the Smell of Coffee? 

Yes, they do. And, if you put up a lot of coffee grounds around your garden, all the squirrels in your area will think they have discovered an extremely delicious and highly-prized new source of food. In fact, squirrels are very much attracted to the smell of freshly ground coffee beans. That’s why many gardeners use coffee grounds as an inexpensive and effective way to keep squirrels out of their gardens. All you have to do is scatter a few heaped tablespoons of grounds around your flower beds and vegetable gardens. And, since squirrels like the smell of coffee, they’ll steer clear of your plants.  They’ll avoid your garden like the plague until they discover they can get to the coffee beans safely. Then, when they do discover your feeders, they’ll be extra-careful not to disturb them… or… even go near them. By putting up a thick layer of coffee grounds around your feeders, you’ll have no more problem with squirrels stealing your treats than you would if you didn’t have any feeders at all.        
    

Why Are Coffee Grounds Good for Your Garden? 

There are actually several reasons:

  • Coffee grounds contain something called “coffee oil”. This is an organic compound that is very much like a natural pesticide.
  • Coffee grounds contain something called “caffeine”. Caffeine is a mild, natural stimulant.
    coffee grounds contain something called “cupper”. This is an organic compound which acts as a fertilizer.
  • Coffee grounds contain many of the same nutrients as animal manures. 
    In addition, they add nitrogen, potassium and other beneficial soil elements to the soil. 
    Coffee grounds are also a good source of humus. In other words, it gives plants more energy and makes them grow stronger.  
  • Coffee grounds also contain something called “mugdity”. This is another name for nitrogen. Nitrogen is one of the elements necessary for plant growth. All together, these three substances in coffee grounds… (coffee oil, caffeine, cupper and nitrogen)… make coffee grounds an excellent all-purpose natural soil conditioner. 

And, since squirrels are very much like humans when it comes to their likes and dislikes, the fact that they like the smell of coffee will help to keep them out of your garden. If you have fruit trees, especially pear and apple trees, put up a lot of coffee grounds around the base of the tree. That way, the pesty little beggars will learn very quickly… the smell of coffee is not a welcome smell in their area!

What kind of coffee grounds to use 

Use only fresh, clean, dry coffee grounds. The darker the roast the stronger the “coffee oil” will be. Use only coffee grounds from dark roast beans. Avoid using decaffeinated or instant coffee. These products do not contain the “coffee oil” that is so important for healthy plants. Keep coffee grounds away from pets and children. These two groups of people can be very messy. If you use coffee grounds around your garden… they will keep your garden pest free… and make your garden much more productive!   If you are planting a flower bed or a border around your yard… you will find many uses for coffee grounds. Use them to fertilize new plantings, enhance flower beds, add nitrogen to your lawn, give some ‘greens’ to your house plants, etc., etc. As far as amounts go, use whatever amount you can manage to spread around your yard. Don’t use too much or your neighbors will complain. Remember… Coffee Grounds Are An Excellent Soil Conditioner! But, don’t use too much.

Is the smell of coffee bad for birds?

It’s not. In fact, it has been proven that some birds actually prefer the smell of coffee over other smells. But, do birds like coffee grounds? You bet! And, if you put out enough of them, the birds will quickly learn that the smell of coffee grounds is a sign that there are seeds to eat… and… no squirrels or other pests to annoy them! Just make sure you don’t overdo it. Don’t scatter coffee grounds so thickly that they become a mess. You don’t want to create a situation where you are putting out more food than your pets and children are eating!
As previously mentioned, coffee grounds contain an oily substance called “coffee oil” that is very much like a human pheromone. And, just like a human pheromone, this oil has an insect repellent quality about it. That’s why coffee grounds (with some other additions) can be used to make a very effective insecticide called “coffee spray”.

Where to put the coffee grounds 

 When you are planting flowers or vegetables, you will find that coffee grounds make an excellent amendment to the soil. Just add a handful (or more) of the grounds to the soil around the root ball of each plant. This will give the roots of the plant something to absorb and break down. This helps feed the plant and makes it more vigorous. Don’t add too much… just enough to help the plant get off to a good start. As the plant grows, use whatever is left over to fertilize new plantings, enhance flower beds, add nitrogen to your lawn, give some ‘greens’ to your house plants, etc., etc. As far as amounts go, use whatever amount you can manage to spread around your yard. Don’t use too much or your neighbors will complain. Remember… Coffee Grounds Are An Excellent Soil Conditioner! But, don’t use too much. What about using coffee grounds as a mulch? Coffee grounds make a great addition to any soil as a natural, organic matter.

Are Coffee Grounds Bad for Plants? 

Not at all. In fact, they are one of the best amendments you can use. But, as I said earlier, don’t use too much. Use enough to give your plants a head start… but not so much that it becomes a burden on the plant. Some gardeners feel a need to “feed” their plants by fertilizing them with a higher-than-normal amount of nitrogen. This is not necessary and, in fact, is not good for the plant. Coffee grounds contain an abundant supply of nitrogen… just like the human pheromone… but without all the baggage of high-nitrogen fertilizer. And, since plants “smell” the aromatic qualities of the human pheromone, using coffee grounds as a fertilizer will have the added advantage of making your flowers, vegetables and herbs more attractive to beneficial insects.        What About Using Coffee Grounds As A Fertilizer? We just gave you a huge advantage by telling you how to use coffee grounds without making your plants sick!

What Other Pests Do Coffee Grounds Keep Away? 

Coffee grounds keep away almost all pests. If there are any slugs or snails in your area, give coffee grounds a try. It will take care of them for sure. And, if there are any aphids, ants, beetles, cabbage loopers, caterpillars, corn borers, cucumber beetles, Japanese beetles, leaf miners, marigolds, mole crickets, root weevils, squash bugs, spider mites, whiteflies or whatever else is eating or destroying your plants, give coffee grounds a try. It works on all of them and it won’t hurt your plants either. 

Conclusion: 

Coffee Grounds Are The Most Underrated Pheromone In The World! You already know how to use coffee grounds for maximum pest control. What you don’t know is… The Many Other Ways You Can Use Them To Enrich Your Life! It would be great if I could tell you that you should buy some coffee grounds and put them in your pocket every time you go out for a walk. That way, you’ll always have an easy way to sprinkle some “coffee-grounds magic” around on your lawn, garden, farm or wherever else you need to add some pizazz. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The sad fact is that most of us have to get our coffee grounds from somewhere else. 

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