The Truth About Hedge Apples – Landscaping & Lawn Care

The Osage Orange, Hedge Apple, Horse Apple…it has many names, and you see it on the ground every fall. The hedge apple is believed to repel spiders and other bugs and many people place them around their homes in an attempt to keep bugs out. Truth is, they don’t really work as a bug repellent. Iowa State University toxicologists extracted compounds from hedge apples. When concentrated, these compounds were found to repel insects, but they found that natural concentrations of these compounds in the fruit were too low to be an effective repellent. If you do decide to take some home and try them for youself, wear gloves and put the hedge apples on a plate to keep their milky juice from oozing on you. It’s known to be a skin irritant.

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