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People may think of coffee grounds and envision a cafe, a perfume store or an easy way to decorate. After the grounds have been used, many people will just throw them out.Yet this may not be the smartest idea. Coffee grounds can also be used to keep pests out. Consider these ways that coffee grounds can prevent pests.

  1. Snails can't stand them. Coffee grounds and snails don't get along, which is great news for any gardener. Snails and slugs can quickly ruin a garden if they have the opportunity to. They love to eat lettuce and other veggies, and usually can surprise a homeowner when they go to wash their homegrown goods. Aside from snacking on your food, snails and slugs can also carry bacteria such as salmonella that can make people very sick. Luckily, coffee grounds can quickly get rid of this garden pest for you. Simply sprinkle the grounds in areas of your garden that you're concerned about. The snails will know to stay away.

  2. It helps your garden soil. Pests tend to be attracted to gardens that have weakened or stressed plants, as they are easier to prey on. If your garden is flourishing and strong, it can be harder for pests to fully attack. They'd much rather be around rotted plants that are easier to feed on. So, if you're concerned about your garden's well being or are unsure if your potted plants will make it through the year, consider using some coffee grounds to keep them happy. According to Barrique's Market, coffee grounds act as a rich fertilizer for the soil, as they zone in on parts of the soil that contribute to fertility. However, adding grounds to your soil can also make it more acidic. This can be great for plants that thrive on acidic soil, but not so great for plants that don't. Some common flowers that do well with acidic soil are azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, camellias and evergreens. Look into what types of plants do well in this type of soil before adding it in, as you could end up making your plants weaker, which is the ideal situation for pests.

  3. It hurts ants. If you've got an ant problem inside or outside your house, think about using some coffee grounds to push them away, Movoto advised. Ants can truly be an annoying pest, as they love to steal any food that you've left out and crawl all over it. They are also fairly brazen and don't mind crawling on counters, over silverware or even into drinks. Having ants at a backyard barbecue or inside the house can gross out any homeowner. This pest can also carry diseases, putting you and others at risk of getting sick. They travel in mass numbers, which means there are usually many ants around, even if you see just one. While there are a few different methods to get rid of ants, none works better than coffee grounds. Ants hate the acidity and scent of coffee grounds, so they usually stay away from them. To cause large amounts of ants to go away quickly, locate their home, whether its an ant mound outside or underneath your fridge. Sprinkle the coffee grounds in the region to keep them away for good. You may have to wait a little while before cleaning the grounds up.

  4. Fleas will jump away. Coffee grounds also repels fleas. This pest can be considerably annoying and spread like wildfire throughout your home as they jump from coach to pet to you. To prevent this vicious cycle from happening, mix coffee grounds with water, and give your pet a bath in it, which will kill any fleas he has. As for the couch, leave it outside.

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