Do Coffee Grounds Repel Ants

Coffee grounds can be used as a natural repellent. When placed in areas where ants congregate, the coffee grounds will be scraped and cleared away by the ants seeking to find food.

They might! In fact, if you leave some coffee grounds around the countertops or near a sink, ants will go for it and not anywhere else. Coffee grounds are rich in the acid called acetic acid which acts as an ant repellent.

How to get rid of ants with coffee grounds?


Coffee grounds are an ant repellant. Put a mixture of coffee grounds and lemon juice in your bowl, or use a cinnamon stick in the pot to scare away ants. You can also use coffee grounds as an insect trap to get rid of ants – just place the ground near their source of food.


Will coffee grounds kill ants?


Yes if they are applied around the base of the home. However, they need water to create their kill zone and will only actually absorb CO2 and release oxygen (not enough to render them harmless) when dry.

Will coffee grounds get rid of ground moles?


We have not had good results from this, but it is worth a try. If you are using a full pot of grounds we recommend using no more than 6-8 cups of coffee grounds. We also recommend sprinkling salt at the bottom of the pot before pouring in your ground coffee. This will help dissuade worms from entering the mix and disrupting your mole catching efforts.

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