Do hedge apples really repel spiders?

  1. Novel Treasure profile image90
    Novel Treasureposted 5 years ago

    Do hedge apples really repel spiders?

    We have osage orange trees on our property that are dropping hedge apples everywhere. Someone told me that they are good for repelling spiders. Does anyone know if this actually works?

  2. tussin profile image60
    tussinposted 5 years ago

    If they have a pungent aroma they may work.  Spiders do not like citrusy smells and since they taste their environment with their feet they will avoid surfaces that have traces of those odors/flavors.  As soon as the smell dissipates they will be back.  Osage oranges supposedly work better on insects, as some studies with their extracts have shown.