Do Hedge Apples Repel Spiders?

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Are you familiar with hedge apples? They’re a bumpy, green, grapefruit sized fruit that grows on the Osage-orange (Maclura pomifera) tree.

While they’re not edible, they’re also not poisonous.

Use Hedge Apples to repel spiders!

I put hedge apples all around my house every fall to help repel spiders. I’m not sure there is any scientific proof out there that they help, but they seem to. I’m all for natural bug repellents. Since we have three hedge apple trees on our property I gather a couple bags of them this time of year and drop them around the foundation of our house.

Our house was built in the late 1800’s, so it has many small cracks and places to let the spiders in. Before I put the hedge apples around the foundation we get a ton of big black hairy wolf spiders. Don’t get me wrong, I love spiders, but as long as they’re out in the garden. I hate going into the bathroom, flipping on the lights and seeing a spider run across my foot. Yikes!

Do hedge apples repel spiders?

I’m a believer in the spider repelling powers of hedge apples. After we put the hedge apples around the foundation, I see very few spiders in the house. I usually remember to gather them because of the number of spiders I see when the weather starts to cool.

Maybe it’s just a coincidence? I heard they repel insects several years ago, and I’ve gathered up the hedge apples every year since. We have several Osage-orange trees, and it’s great to have my own supply.

If you’re looking for more information on hedge apples check out The site shows how to use hedge apples for decorating, and drying.

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  1. Terry says

    They absolutely DO repel spiders and other bugs. I haven’t had any to put around my house for the past year, and I saw many more spiders and other bugs this year than in the previous years when I’ve had hedge apples tucked away in selected areas of my home.

  2. Ann says

    I know I can buy these at the grocery store in the fall to repel spiders but where can I get them for the other times of the year it seems like we have spiders in the spring and summer as well and frankly I am tired of them.

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