Bodark (also known as osage-orange or hedge-apple tree); the fruit repels insects as effectively as harmful pesticides!

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Living Fences - Osage orange trees (Maclura pomifera), also called hedge apple or horse apple. For an incredibly tough, enduring windbreak that’s a major player in a local ecology, probably nothing surpasses Osage orange.

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Place Osage Oranges (aka horse-apple or hedge-apple) under beds and in pantry to repel spiders and insects. Scientific studies have found that extracts of Osage orange repel several insect species, in some studies just as well as the widely-used synthetic insecticide DEET.

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Hedge-apple, osage-orange etc. Maclura pomifera - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Natural Spider Repellent!!! Historically fruit was placed inconspicuously around the home to repel insects. Also the Osage Nation & Comanches used the wood for their bows because it's strong, flexible & durable.

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Osage Orange, Bois d'arc, Bodock Tree, Horse Apple, Hedge Apple Maclura pomifera

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Osage-orange or Maclura pomifera has a wonderful wood, is hardy on harsh dry sites and a perfect Midwestern tree in the landscape.

Osage Orange Fruit (Maclura pomifera) The fruit has a pleasant and mild odor, but is inedible for the most part. Although it is not strongly poisonous, eating it may cause vomiting. However, the seeds of the fruit are edible. The fruit was once used to repel spiders by placing one under the bed. Various studies have found elemol, an extract of Osage orange, to repel several species of mosquitos, cockroaches, crickets, and ticks.

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