It’s a shame that mosquitoes and flies appear much more frequently during this time and can ruin our outdoor event that was organized with so much care!
In reality, there is a very simple method to keep them away , which is so effective that it is also widely used by catering services that organize outdoor ceremonies. Let’s see what this remedy nicknamed the “Catering Trick” or “Burnt Coffee Trick” consists of.
What will you discover?
what do you need
First of all, don’t think that you have to buy, who knows what this trick is supposed to use. Its strength is that it requires a few simple things that we often have ready at home.
- Coffee beans (optional)
- ground coffee
- A plate
- a lighter
What do you have to do
Once you have everything you need, let’s look at how to put this trick into practice.
First, find a seat to the side, not too close to any seating or tables, so that the smell of the coffee isn’t too strong for you or your guests.
Then cover the plate with aluminum foil to prevent it from being damaged. Place 6-7 coffee beans on the plate and cover with ground coffee . With the lighter and very carefully, bring the flame close to the coffee: it lights up and starts to burn slowly , as if it were a spiral.
Normally the burning time is a few hours , but in all likelihood you will have to turn on the coffee several times as it unfortunately runs out quickly.
The smell of burnt coffee is a real mosquito repellent and also works on other insects , including annoying flies and wasps. This will keep your patio or garden free of these uninvited guests, at least for a few hours.
In addition, the coffee scent produced in this way is not overly intense and can also create a pleasant scent that permeates your outdoor areas.
Note: If your open spaces are very large, place several burnt coffee saucers in different places to create a larger and more comprehensive effect.
What if you don’t have coffee beans?
If you organized your event at the last minute on the terrace or in the garden , you don’t have coffee beans at home and you don’t have time to buy them, don’t worry!
In these cases, prepare a classic Moka coffee using only ground coffee . Then. Dilute the prepared coffee with about 500 ml of water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle .
At this time, spray the product in the wettest corners of the garden , where mosquitoes tend to concentrate, or in the corners of the balcony or terrace .
However, be careful ! The liquid coffee could discolor the tiles if you use it on a paved surface. In these cases, spray the mixture onto absorbent paper , which will release the odor for at least a few hours to keep mosquitoes and flies away.