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Using Hedge Apples for Pest Control?

Do you cut the hedge apples in half before placing them around your house for pest control or leave them whole?

By Glenda from KS

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October 20, 20130 found this helpful
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You use them whole, but think long and hard before you do this! I did this as I don't like spiders and thought this method would be great as it doesn't involve chemicals. Well, what ended up happening was a ton of gnats came to visit, drawn to the hedge apples. :-( I won't do this again.

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July 1, 20161 found this helpful

You are supposed to put them in dishes. I used them for years, never got gnats!

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December 18, 20170 found this helpful

I had them in several indoor places last year and all they did was shrivel --no other bugs!

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October 5, 20180 found this helpful

We always get headge apples before the first freeze. Then we take a Sharpe knife an put as many holes as possible an fill the holes with as many whole cloves as possible. Then we get a net with small holes in it to help hold in the cloves. This keeps them from not spoiling.

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An to last up to 6 mos. or longer. We tried just sitting them out an the same thing happened. My mother read this year's ago in dear Abby in the Kansas city star newspaper. You can buy the net at hobby lobby ECT.

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September 15, 20190 found this helpful

They work for repelling spiders,last year I gathered around a dozen and placed them on each side of doors also looks really good with outside fall display ,I think maybe the guy who had the gnats must of let the apples get to ripe if they start turning brown replace with new ones that should last well into winter.

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April 21, 20210 found this helpful

A better way to control spiders without killing them is to spray diluted peppermint oil in areas where you see them. Make sure there is a way for them to go elsewhere.

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October 8, 20210 found this helpful

I take an old disposible pie plate, crunch around the hedge ball, set then on floor, carpet, etc any zone where spiders seem to be found. It will dry out as it ages..I swear by these...have a 110 yr old house..and need to put on my list for the fall.

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October 8, 20210 found this helpful

They did their job!

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May 4, 20220 found this helpful

You can also use an old or new ( I won't tell) pantyhose leg to tie it up in and tie it & Cutt off the excess.

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October 20, 20131 found this helpful

I have read a lot on line about hedge apples, but have seen nothing about cutting them in half. I cannot locate a source for buying them, so if you have them or know where to get them, would you please post the info.

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on Thrifty Fun. I hear they are very good at keeping spiders away and a friend in Florida wants to try them for roaches. Thanks in advance. Joan from Chesterfield, MI

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August 15, 20161 found this helpful

I pick hedge apples in the fall. They are also called Osage Orange and we live in Osage county Kansas. I put them on eBay and sell them.

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August 17, 20160 found this helpful

I live in Mansfield Ohio and they are on my tree in the back yard. I use them to repel spiders yearly

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Anonymous
September 25, 20160 found this helpful

They are all over missiouri

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September 28, 20160 found this helpful

Did you ever get some ?

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November 8, 20160 found this helpful

What is the name of the tree do you know by chance

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October 13, 20170 found this helpful

you can buy them , go to hedge apple.com

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June 14, 20170 found this helpful

Leave them whole

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August 6, 20180 found this helpful

I have used hedge apples thinking they would get rid of spiders, instead the spiders made nests around the hedge apples because the bugs were attracted to the sticky syrup that drained from them as they rotted. I tried using them whole and halved with the same result.

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