Using Hedge Apples for Pests?

Do I put them out whole or cut them in half? How many do I put in each room?

By Jody


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October 8, 20121 found this helpful

I used whole hedge apples in my house to run out spiders, and was I ever wrong in doing it! They drew gnats, my house was full of them! And then they rotted. Gross! I got rid of them, got rid of the gnats, and learned a lesson. :-)

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August 10, 20190 found this helpful

I know many of you are experienced gardeners, but some may be new. If you see an insect or spider, dont just automatically squish it. Leave it be if it is not bothering you, or you know of some reason that it is destructive to plants and crops in your area.

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September 15, 20191 found this helpful

The old saying is to let the bodock fruit dry first n a cool dry place before putting them n ur house thts wus the old wise tail I've always been told I had about 12 drying and I con my neighbors kids thought they were made to play with cause they come up missing but thts what my grandparents always told me to use the is dry them n they wld be 100% effective thnks

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November 4, 20190 found this helpful

Maybe it's where you live. I have never had gnats or fruit flies and when I put them in corners and on steps (just 3) going to the basement, I don't see any spiders either.

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October 8, 20122 found this helpful

They should only be used outside the home. I have heard conflicting stories about whether they work or not. My daughter used them outside and had great luck but from what I have read, they do not work at all.


At any rate, if you try them, leave them whole and put them outside the home around the foundation.

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October 9, 20121 found this helpful

I have used them and told to use them outside the house because they will draw ants etc.

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September 29, 20190 found this helpful

I researched this and drew the conclusion that they do work! Look. When we first bought one, we put it in the house near our patio door and lo and behold, one by one by one spiders started coming INSIDE! I looked this up and found that an article mentioned how spiders actually build their nest in the trees which they grow.
It baffles my mind why nothing I read shows anyone who figured this out . THEY DONT REPEL SPIDERS! THEY DRAW SPIDERS! This is why people who store them outside the house report success. Those who do otherwise, dont.


So if you want success, remember, they dont repel. They attract. You're welcome!

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November 4, 20190 found this helpful

Really interesting! When I first learned about them (in Nebraska) I found a lot and took them home. At my mother's house there were always cobwebs and spider webs in the corners of the steps going to the basement. I placed one at the top on the right corner, one in the middle on the left corner, and one at the bottom on the right corner. I cleaned the step corners and there were no cobwebs or spider webs until the apples shriveled up - turned brown or black and were thrown out. The spiders were back within a year.
We have now found more (now in northern Utah) and they have been placed in the same arrangement as before. They worked before; I have no doubt they will work again.

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October 12, 20123 found this helpful

I have successfully placed hedge apples (also known as Osage oranges) around the house without drawing ants or gnats and have left them 'til they dried up or almost rotted. It's best to place them on a saucer or in a re-used plastic container and not directly on the floor or carpet. It may also depend on what area of the country in which you live whether or not they attract ants/gnats.


I wait until after a good frost to harvest them from the ground. They then have that lovely fragrant aroma, which I would wear as a perfume!, which may act as the repellent. Blessings

Added info. I think Martha Stewart recommended slicing them, letting them dry in a slow oven, and using as Christmas ornaments. They are almost impossible to cut into. My dad almost ruined a saw doing that for me several years ago. The final product was not worth the effort!

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August 26, 20192 found this helpful

My grandpa always hung them up in nylons or netting or something like that never had spiders and they never rotted.... I always remember these being around growing up lol!

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November 4, 20190 found this helpful

I have heard they smell awful. The ones I have used have no scent. I just got some this week and they had gone through a frost. I only gathered ones that were firm. Those that were soft I left. Now I'm thinking I should try some soft ones.


Thanks for the info.

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November 13, 20190 found this helpful

My mom put them in nylons too...they never rotted!!

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October 19, 20160 found this helpful

uses for horse apples

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October 2, 20190 found this helpful

I have used Hedge apples outside of my home successfully. I've never used a commercial pesticide around my home as I live on the water. I went on my porch last year during the Fall to find 62 spiders lounging in the sun there. Yes, it was alarming. But, I looked up how to get rid of them naturally and found the Hedge apples. I found 20 and put around and under my crawlspace. They worked great!! Never saw another spider all year until last week and I got more Hedge Apple's today.

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