This is an ugly fruit, but it sure does work to keep spiders away.
Last year my Husband and I were driving in Amish country. On the road was this big ball of ugly something. It is about the size of an apple but it looked diseased.
We did some research and found out it was called a Hedgeapple from the Osage Orange Tree. Old timers use these to keep spiders and mice away.
The fruit is NOT edible but it is not really posionus. Cattle sometimes eat hedgeapple, if they don't chew them up well, the hedgeapple will choke them. The seeds of the hedgeapple are edible but have to be peeled (like you would a sunflower seed) first. Squirrels love these seeds.
The Osage Orange tree is native to the United States. It grows in all the states except.. Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, and Wyoming. It also doesn't grow in Hawaii or Alaska.
HOW TO KEEP MICE AND SPIDERS AWAY
Place hedgeapple around the outside of your house ( I also put some in my basement. These are only good for a few months and then you have to throw them away)
You can cut the hedgeapple into sections and place outside, around the house or inside in the basement.
I think the hedgeapple worked for us, we only had one mouse get into our basement last winter. The year before, we killed at least a dozen. Thank goodness they don't get upstairs or I would be moving out.
So, tell me. Have you tried Hedgeapples? Did they work for you? I would be very interested in hearing you experience with them.