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Monkey Balls ~ Keep Mice And Spiders Away Naturally

Candida has caused me many problems.  Including problems to pestisides .... which I shouldn't use anyway, even if I never had candida.

I have read you can pretty much solve the problem of mice and spiders by using MONKEY BALLS, sometime known as hedgeapples, hedge balls, horse apples, green brains, monkey balls, or a mock orange.

This is an ugly fruit, but it sure does work to keep spiders away.



Do Hedgeapples Really Work???


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.

41 comments:

  1. I have never even heard of this, but I do have a spider problem out in the boonies where I live. Plus a mouse problem in the shop and shed behind my house.

    Where do you get them?

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  2. I've never seen these. I could use some for spiders. Our old house is full of them!

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  4. This sounds great! I haven't got mice, but we do get spiders.

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  5. We love hedgeballs! They sell them at our Farmer's Market, but we can find them on our farm so they are scattered around our basement to keep spiders away and I really do think they work! Well and I haven't seen a mouse. Knock on wood!!!

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  6. Great bloggers must think alike because I blogged about this very topic last week. http://alattewithotta.blogspot.com/2010/11/misbegotten-spiders.html they totally worked on the spiders at our house.

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  7. Anonymous4:17:00 PM

    You can also find them near the swatara creek at spots in pa some trees grow wild along the "swatty" and produce these throughout the summer as far as i know i grew up in lebanon county pa. and we use to call these as kids monkey balls which is a term used for these around our area but im gonna try these for the mice and spiders we get wolfe spiders in our house every now and then and some can be intimidating as far as size when its dark and ya see em run across the floor lol so im gonna give these a try thanks for the info

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  8. Anonymous11:30:00 PM

    We have a ton of spiders in our basement but since we have put monkey balls in all of our windows in the basement I do believe we are seeing a lot less spiders and do believe they work. Some people say they don't work but from our experience we hardly even see spiders anymore and definitely no cobwebs in any of the windows in basement anymore.

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  9. Anonymous,
    That is great that they work so well for you. I am going to have to get a hold of some more of these next fall.

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  10. I've never used them before but that's because I've never heard or seen them before either. Let me know how it works for you.

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  11. Where can I find these? I really need them badly! I hate using chemicals, so I'd love to use this natural way!

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    1. I seen them once at a farmers market... the amish were selling them. I am not sure where you would find them in your area.

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  12. I have never heard of any such thing, wow. Learn something new everyday. I do not use chemicals either as they make me really really sick. I use natural ways to get rid of bugs in and out of the house. I have never seen these or heard of them. I wonder if they are a regional item? I'm in the South.

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    1. Dawn, They grow in the South... I know some people in Tennessee say they have them.

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  13. I have never heard of these before, we seem to be getting some awful spiders in the house at the moment though so I really must have a look and see if we can get any :) x

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  14. I have never heard of hedgeapples before. I love natural ways of getting rid of pests though.

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  15. Hedgeapples? I have never heard of them. I really do need them. We have some tremendous sized spiders around here. I saw a brown wolf spider the size of my hand the other day running from the field I was mowing. It was heading right for our house. I headed it off and sent it back into the field. I might have even ran over it.

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  16. Very interesting. I have never heard of this and I was raised rural.
    It almost looks like a decoration. What a great tip!

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  17. I've never heard of this! I live in the boonies and the hedgeapples may be slightly out numbered lol

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  18. Never heard of this but it is wonderful info!

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  19. I have never heard of these before but I am glad they work. I am with you about pesticides I try to stay away from them too. I really like the fact that it is natural. I am going to have to see what I can find on them.

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  20. Thanks for the tip. My seven year old is actually allergic to mice, if you can believe it. Although we don't have mice in our home, I know they are around everywhere outdoors so it's great to keep them away from the perimeter of our house at least.

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  21. I would be lying if I told you I knew what hedgeapples even were. I am glad this worked for you I will definitely be giving this a try if I have pest problems in the future.

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  22. I have never even SEEN a hedgeapple. That totally does look like a diseased apple though. So cool looking though! Glad it helped get rid of those creepy crawlers...

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  23. I have seen these guys, but have never head about them keeping bugs away. I really need to go out and find them! I have an issue with spiders in my basement!

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  24. This is very interesting! I have never heard of them being used this way before. My husband could use a few, he's always trying to keep spiders and mice at bay in our house.

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  25. I wonder if these are safe to use around pets. My dog chews on everything! If they are, they would be great to keep spiders out of our basement and away from the back porch. I love them everywhere else since they eat other bugs.

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    1. Corinne,
      The monkey balls aren't posionous, but your dog could choke if he swallowed and didn't chew it well.

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  26. I have never heard of these, but with all the rain we have a bit of a spider issue so this may be something I will have to look into!

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  27. Anonymous11:44:00 PM

    We found several down the road from us & put them around the doors & windows & now we haven't been bothered by the hoards of stinkbugs that have been trying to get in our house.

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    1. Thats how we found this one.... just laying in the road. They also sell them at our farmers market.

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  28. Anonymous10:19:00 PM

    WE have used them for years no spiders and no mice.
    Place them every fall.

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    1. I need to get some more. The spiders are getting bad now.

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  29. Anonymous1:50:00 AM

    We have one and it is not working there is a spider next to it almost on top of it. Any ideas how we can get it to work better???

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    1. I know they have to be fresh. You have to change them every so often.

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  30. If you live in Kentucky, just go for a walk in the woods. They grow wild everywhere. I actually found some while walking this morning in an untamed urban area.

    I do have a question. Do you have to cut them up, or do you put them out whole? I've got spiders everywhere outside this year. It's crazy.

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    1. Sandra,
      I cut them up an put them all over my basement last year. They don't last long.. a few weeks or so and then they dry up. I had some I kept whole and when needed, I would cut more.

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  31. Anonymous6:00:00 PM

    I would like to know why are they coming out know me and the wife found one in Drexel Hill PA ?

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    1. Yes, they grow in Pennsylvania too. I live in Pennsylvania also. About an hour an a half.from Pittsburgh

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  32. Do you have to cut them open to be the most effective? Or set them out whole?

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    1. Danette,
      I don't know if that makes them more effective, but everyone I know cuts them. I cut them into wedges and put them everywhere.
      This year, I didn't get a chance to collect any....

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