Creepy critter season is about to reach its peak in Australia – but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with spiders and insects in your home.
In fact, “Mama Mila,” a DIY guru with millions of followers, offers three foolproof ways to prevent some of the most persistent pests from taking up residence in your home, without using dangerous chemicals.
The Melbourne-based mum, who goes by the name Chantel Mila, uses rosemary, water and orange oil to keep her home free of spiders, fruit flies and crawling insects.
In the video, which she shared in April but has resurfaced as Australia enters pest season, she explains her top three tips.
The first tip is to keep spiders away.
“Mix a cup of water with rosemary sprigs. Spray on windows and doors: Spiders hate the smell of rosemary, so it deters them from coming into your house,” she said.
The following tip banishes fruit flies which can become a summer staple if not treated promptly.
“Pour boiling water down the drain to deter fruit flies and their eggs,” she said.
The third hack is to prevent other crawling bugs from taking up residence.
“Add orange oil to your mop to repel crawling insects,” she said.
Before adding essential oils, people should “use discretion before using essential oils around pets.”
The post proved very popular with many people thanking the mum-of-two for her advice.
But dozens of other people have warned against pouring boiling water down the drain – claiming to be jinn – genie-like creatures living in sinks and sewers.
“DON’T POUR BOILING WATER DOWN YOUR SEWERS, EVERYONE, there are jinn living there,” one woman said.
“If you harm or kill a djinn, you will become cursed or possessed.”
And many revealed they believed the old tale of Islamic wives.
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“It’s not worth hurting anyone.” You need to at least warn them before you do this,” one said.
But others rejected them.
“Fruit fly eggs live and hatch in drains and boiling water is the only way to get rid of them,” one said.
Some said they would refrain from using the rosemary hack.
“Spiders are the most useful insects to have in a house,” one man said.
But many loved it.
“How often should I use this rosemary miracle? » » asked a woman.
Others have warned that orange oil is not safe for dogs or cats.
“I use peppermint oil instead, I don’t know if it’s safe, but it works,” one said.
Some have said the easiest solution to a bug problem would be to not live in Australia.
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