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This Ordinary Kitchen Scrap Might Just Be Holding The Key To Banishing Mealybug Infestations

This Ordinary Kitchen Scrap Might Just Be Holding The Key To Banishing Mealybug Infestations

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I bet we can all agree on one thing: mealybugs are the absolute worst. 

Ugh, I had the worst time with mealybugs! I was just minding my own business, taking good care of my plants, when all of the sudden I noticed these pesky critters creeping in. 

I didn’t want to use pesticides as they might do more harm than good, so after some brainstorming (and maybe a little panicking), I stumbled upon a simple yet ingenious solution – coffee grounds.  

Turns out these little kitchen scraps might just be the secret weapon we’ve all been looking for!

How you prepare and apply coffee grounds matter the most (just imagine it as if you are preparing some coffee for your plants). Here’s what helped me get rid of mealybugs, and hopefully, it will work wonders for your plants too! 

Coffee Grounds Vs Mealybugs

Coffee grounds aren’t just for perking up your mornings; they’re also mighty warriors against those pesky mealybugs. You see, coffee contains caffeine and diterpenes, which act as bug repellants.

This may sound confusing but it’s totally true! 

Let me break it down for you: diterpenes are good plant compounds found uniquely in coffee, and they’re like secret agents that ward off bugs. Once I found out about this, I decided to give coffee grounds a shot.

I made my own coffee ground spray by mixing a tablespoon of dry used coffee grounds with a cup of water. I let it sit overnight, and boom – I got myself a bug-fighting potion! 

I tested it on a small section of leaves first to make sure my plants are comfortable. After that, I sprayed it all over the affected areas and those mealybugs never dared come back!

Also read: Why, When, And How To Use Coffee Grounds For Houseplants

They Work As Ant Deterrents, Too! 

I recently found out another handy trick that involves our favorite morning brew – using coffee grounds as an ant deterrent

You see, ants have this weird partnership with mealybugs. They love to cozy up to these little pests for their sweet honeydew. But coffee grounds can add toxicity to this relationship, disrupting their natural flow.  

So, what you can do is just scatter a nice, thick layer of coffee grounds over your soil. The texture and smell are like a big “NOPE” sign for ants, so they’ll steer clear of your precious plants. 

And don’t worry about the scent lingering; it’s like a delightful coffee aroma for your garden!

Remember to top up your coffee ground barrier regularly, especially after a rainy day or a gusty wind. While you’re at it, keep an eye on any pests and consider planting some friendly companions to help out.

There you have it – another caffeine-powered solution straight from the garden. Give it a try and say goodbye to those unwanted critters for good! 

Related: Do Coffee Grounds Repel Rabbits And How To Use Them?