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Hedge apples as insect repellent?

Post in 'The Green Room' started by spot, Jan 3, 2007.

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  1. spot

    spot New Member

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    In the interest of using fewer chemicals...

    How many of you use hedge apples to keep spiders and whatnot out of the basement or garage?
    Does this really work?

    From my research, I have found out that half the people say it works, and half says no.

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  2. kevinmoelk

    kevinmoelk New Member

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    Just out of curiosity, how many spiders do you have in your house?

    What's a hedge apple?

    Be glad you don't live in my house, I usually kill or relocate 3-4 wdb rattlesnakes per year, lol.

    -Kevin
  3. Roospike

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    Dont know for sure, but i've always throw them under my wood pile and dont have an issue with bugs and mice .
  4. Harley

    Harley Minister of Fire

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    Inside the house?
  5. kevinmoelk

    kevinmoelk New Member

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    LOL, no not inside thankfully. I find them outside all the time. The area I live in is actually named "The Rattle Snake Hills".

    I relocate the ones I find in the yard, I kill the ones I find in the garage because I don't want them learning to live there.

    -Kevin
  6. Corey

    Corey Minister of Fire

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    If you want to know everything you never wanted to know about hedge apples, you have to go to the official site;

    http://hedgeapple.com/

    I have heard some say they repel bugs and spiders. But sometimes, looking at all the things crawling around under hedge trees you have to wonder how effective that is!

    Corey
  7. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I have to agree with Corey. I know people that swear by the effectiveness of the hedge apple (fruit of the osage orange "female"). But I have also seen spiders climb across them. Huh, don't know.

    Snakes - me and snakes don't get along. Yea,yea, I know all the good stuff they are supposed to do. Let 'em do it, just not around me.
    Jags + snakes = squoooshy snakes.
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    fespo Feeling the Heat

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    I have the old farm row of heges in my backyard. I can never keep the apples by my firewood because of the squirres. They eat every apple that falls, then comes spring and i have heges growing all over the place. One year I thought I could just compost my apples WRONG those seed grew everywhere. I have heard of it as an insect repellent , dont know if it works.
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    smirnov3 Feeling the Heat

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    Oh... HEDGE apples.

    For a moment, I thought you said 'Horse Apples as insect repellent', and that made me very confused

    :)
  10. Mo Heat

    Mo Heat Mod Emeritus

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    I thought horse apples and hedge apples were the same. In fact, I found this on the hedge apple site listed above:

    Very often, a Hedgeapple is incorrectly referred to as a Hedge Ball, Horse Apple, Green Brains, Monkey Balls or Mock Orange (click here for correct definition of these). In Texas, they call them Horse Apples,

    I'm from Tejas (among other places ;) BTW.
  11. smirnov3

    smirnov3 Feeling the Heat

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    Here in New England, Horse Apples is what comes out the other end of the horse. And I doubt they would do much to repel insects. As to repelling people, well...
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