Do coffee grounds attract roaches?

In this short guide, we are going to answer the question “Do coffee grounds attract roaches?”. In addition, we are going to talk about the reasons that roaches like coffee grounds and other foods that attract them.

Do coffee grounds attract roaches?

Yes, coffee grounds attract roaches. The smell of coffee attracts cockroaches a lot. The coffee grounds that we throw away make a great meal for them. Keep the trash well closed and out of the house and avoid leaving dirty cups and cups of coffee in the kitchen.

Cockroaches are crawling insects capable of ingesting any type of food. They spread bacteria, fungi, viruses, helminths and pathogenic protozoa that cause us, humans, various types of diseases and infections. 

Among the huge amount of food available to them in the urban environment, some of them are… shall we say… the favorites. See which smells attract cockroaches into your home the most.

Do coffee grounds attract other pests?

No, coffee grounds do not attract other pests. Coffee grounds repel Insects and Pests.  Because of this, you can use coffee beans to repel insects. They prevent mosquitoes, fruit flies, and beetles, and can also help keep pests away.

If your garden attracts unwanted pests like snails and slugs, you can sprinkle coffee beans around the edges of the garden and into the soil to repel them. Spreading coffee beans on the plot will also repel rabbits and cats from your land, as well as other insects.

Although coffee beans do not kill ants, they repel many ant species. If you think ants are a big threat to pets, plants, and people, hot coffee poured directly into the nest will kill some ants that come into contact with the hot liquid.

Likewise, which plants don’t like coffee grounds? Coffee beans are highly acidic, so they should be reserved for acid-loving plants like azaleas and blackberries. And if the soil is already rich in nitrogen, the extra boost from the ground coffee can stunt fruit and flower growth.

The beans were a good coating on the ground as they are acidic when applied in moderation. In addition, you should use this type of fertilizer for plants that are very fond of acidic soils, such as camellias and azaleas. Use a maximum of one cup of ground coffee, or even coffee grounds, per week. 

Also, when you mix the coffee powder or grounds into the soil, it acts as a fertilizer and attracts earthworms.

How to get rid of cockroaches using coffee?

To get rid of cockroaches using coffee, the first step is to know the habits of this type of insect well. Thus, it is easier to know what to do so that they do not proliferate in the environment.

If you are not comfortable applying insecticides and other chemicals in your home environment. Check out this homemade tip below.

You will need a pet bottle, big pot, Scissors, Water and Coffee powder.  If cockroaches have spread around the environment, it is possible to catch the adult insects with the help of traps that you can set up using items you probably already have at home.

See below the step by step of a trap against all types of cockroaches:

Cut the bottle

Using scissors, cut the top of the PET (plastic) bottle, leaving it with a height of at least 5 fingers from the neck;

Prepare the coffee

Collect the coffee grounds prepared at home, or strain 6 tablespoons of coffee and separate the grounds resulting from this process;

Prepare the bottle

Place the collected coffee grounds still wet inside the top of the pet bottle you cut;

Set the trap

Fill the large pot with 3 fingers of water and place the bottle with the coffee grounds inside the pot, supporting the neck of the bottle on the bottom with water, and leaving it inclined, supported on the inside side of the pot;

Place the trap

Place the trap near places where you are noticing cockroaches and insects. Cockroaches will be attracted by the strong smell of damp coffee grounds and will enter the pot looking for a food source. However, once they enter the pot, the cockroaches will be trapped as they cannot get out of the water. Tip: dispose of trapped cockroaches carefully and wearing gloves to avoid contamination, and re-trap whenever necessary.


In this short guide, we went to answer the question “Do coffee grounds attract roaches?”. In addition, we went to talk about the reasons that roaches like coffee grounds and other foods that attract them.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.